Enugu expresses worry over filthy capital, environs

Enugu expresses worry over filthy capital, environs

Friday, September 1, 2017 6:50 pm

Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State

The Enugu State Government has expressed its displeasure at the filthiness of the state capital and its environs littered with refuse.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the government also vowed to effect radical changes in the management of the Enugu State Waste Management Agency (ESWAMA) should it continue to fail in its mandates.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe, disclosed this on Friday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council’s meeting held on Thursday.

Anikwe said that the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was displeased over the seeming ineptitude of the agency and had ordered a task force to be constituted to assist it.

He said that the task force would assist the ESWAMA to get rid of the wastes that were beginning to increase on dump locations in the city.

“The governor expressed his disappointment with the management of the agency and promised to effect radical changes should it continue to fail in its duties to keep the city clean.

“The governor while addressing the council reiterated his resolve that Enugu must continue to be squeaky clean and asked ESWAMA management to live up to the task or risk being disbanded,” he said.

Anikwe said that the council also voted to incorporate and implement a gender policy in all public establishments and offices in the state.

He said the project was with the technical support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

It would be recalled Enugu and Kaduna States were selected by DFID for the replication of the approach which the Federal Government implemented in 2013 as the Girls & Women in Nigeria Initiative (GWIN).

The commissioner said that the project aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged by integrating their needs into official budgetary processes.

“This project will specifically target the needs of girls and women in the state

“For Enugu State, the replication has been named the Enabling Growth and Access for Girls and Women (ENGAGE) Project,” Anikwe said.

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