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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Anambra To Install Waste To Wealth Processing Plant

Governor Obiano, who disclosed this while speaking at this year's World Environment Day, enjoined citizens of the State to adopt positive attitudinal change towards the environment for posterity.

The event was held at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka.

Declaring the event open, Governor Obiano regretted that the State is currently being ravaged by erosion, regretting that the issues concerning the environment is not being taken serious by the citizenry.

The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, attributed such issues as global warming, green house effect, depletion of the ozone layer, among others, to negative attitudes against the environment which include poor waste disposal with materials that are not bio-degradable, building on water paths and poor construction methods, among others.

The Governor expressed optimism that with the plant in place and other interventions by his administration at tackling environmental challenges, the State will continue to take more pragmatic steps towards solving the problem, while generating revenue in the process.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Commissioner for Environment, Beautification and Ecology, Engineer Romanus Ejikeme, said that the essence of the event is to raise people's awareness and consciousness towards adopting good attitude and mobilization for action towards the environment.

Engineer Ejikeme thanked the Governor for injecting funds into tackling numerous environmental challenges facing the State by partnering the World Bank on erosion control and aggressively tackling improper waste disposal in the State through the development of a well defined waste management programme in order to ensure a clean and healthy State.

Contributing, the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Barrister Law Ezeudu, disclosed that comparatively, Anambra's environment is peculiar with over one thousand active erosion sites urging the masses to increase measures aimed at preserving the environment to complement governments efforts in that regard.

Present at the event include the Head of Service, Barrister Harry Udu, Permanent Secretaries and Traditional Rulers, most of whom were dressed in green to symbolize green vegetation.
The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebration is “Connecting People to nature- in the city and on the land from the poles to the equator”.

By Ejike Abana

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