ONITSHA – The Anambra State Government on Sunday expressed readiness to fence its major dumpsite on the Onitsha-Owerri Road.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Evarest Uba, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha.
“The fencing will be done with appropriate gates immediate after the abatement of the rains this October.
“With the fencing off, there will be no report of dumping refuse close to the road any longer, while the ugly site the dumpsite registers will cease to be,’’ he said.
“The government, after reviewing all happening within and around the dumpsite, decided to fence-off the dumpsite as the first of two solutions it has come up with to tackle issues concerning the dumpsite.
“The Solution Two, which will come later, will be coming in of a Ukrainian firm to use the massive dumpsite to generate electricity after sorting out the non-bio-degradable materials.
“We are already discussing with the firm; the discussion, God willing, will materialise after a period of time,’’ he said.
The commissioner said that the solutions were part of the urban renewal strategy meant to reposition Onitsha as a mega-city and commercial hub in West Africa.
Uba urged residents of Onitsha to maintain a clean and healthy environment through proper waste disposal.
“We are appealing to our people to join the government to arrest anybody or group dumping refuse indiscriminately or doing anything inimical to the environment,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the dumpsite constitutes an eyesore to residents and users of Onitsha-Owerri Road. (NAN)