The people of Aniocha have been urged to always imbibe the habit and culture of cleanliness and environmental sanitation, to ensure a clean environment and healthy existence of the area and the people.
This charge was made by the Honourable Member representing Aniocha North Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Emeka Emmanuel Nwaobi, during a special environmental sanitation exercise on Saturday, 26th March, 2016, organized by the Honourable member, at Issele-Uku, the administrative Headquarters of the Local Government area.
The special sanitation exercise tagged “Operation Clean-Up Issele-Uku” was, according to Hon. Nwaobi, embarked on as a way of reawakening the consciousness of the people towards cleanliness and healthy living as well as assist the Local government administration in evacuating the accumulated garbage, which had become an eye sore at strategic areas, particularly in Issele-uku the administrative headquarters of the LGA.
The Honourable member said that in line with his resolve to give quality representation to the people of Aniocha North Constituency, he has decided to champion the environmental sanitation in collaboration with the Local Government Council, to address the challenge posed blocked drainages as a result of garbage, especially now that the rainy season had come.
According to him; “Like you are aware, cleanliness is next to Godliness and that is the main reason why I decided to champion this special environmental sanitation in order to change the orientation of the people towards environmental cleanliness and inculcate in them the attitude of keeping clean environment, which is paramount to healthy living”.
Continuing, Hon. Nwaobi noted that he had been further motivated to embark on the exercise, by the terrible condition of the major road and the hardship which road users encounter in Issele-uku, during the rainy season, adding that Ishiekpe road, which is the main artery into and out of the administrative headquarters of the LGA, is dangerously flooded and vehicles are always stuck in the middle of the road, as a result of the deluge of rushing water caused by the blocked drainage and accumulated garbage littering the entire road and clogging up the gutters.
The law maker, who is also a renowned Engineer, affirmed that he was working in synergy with the Local government authorities, even as he assured that a blueprint was being designed to provide a terminal point of discharge for the flood waters during the rainy season once the drainages had been cleared.
Hon. Nwaobi, who provided pay-loaders and trucks for the evacuation of the accumulated garbage, which had commenced several days earlier and directly participated and supervised the clean-up exercise, expressed his gratitude to the people of Issele-uku, including the youths, women, the old and young, as well as social clubs, who had turned out in their numbers, for heeding his clarion call, despite the short notice, to fully participate in the ‘Operation Clean-up Issele uku’ environmental sanitation exercise, stressing that their response has further re-inforced his promise to continue to explore more ways of giving the people of Aniocha North quality representation in the Delta State House of Assembly.
“I want to assure the people of Aniocha North that this exercise will be a continuous engagement, which by the Grace of God and the availability of resources, will be taken to every community in the Local Government Area. We decided to flag it off in Isselle-uku, which is the administrative headquarters of the Local Government Area and we will ensure that, with the collaboration of the Local Government authorities, we get around to other areas,” he said.
The chairman of Aniocha North Local Government Area, Hon. Chuks Oseme, commended the initiative of Hon. Emeka Nwaobi, describing it as a clear demonstration of the partnership that should exist between all the arms of Government, in the service of the people.
Hon. Oseme, who lamented the paucity of funds, as a major factor that has hindered the Council from performing some of its designated functions, expressed his gratitude to Hon. Nwaobi for the special clean-up exercise, adding that he was working in a cordial synergy with the law maker to ensure that the exercise and indeed the effort to resolve the drainage and flooding problem in Issele uku was addressed and resolved as soon as possible.
The areas cleared included Issele-Mkpitime road, old Lagos road, Oge-utu and Ogbe idibu quarters, as well as the famous Ishiekpe road, Orientation Camp road, the market square and other axis of the administrative capital.