ONITSHA – Heaps of refuse indiscriminately littered all parts of the four local government areas of in Anambra State – Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Idemili North and Ogbaru – are expected to disappear very soon as Governor Chukwuma Soludo used Saturday and Sunday as free days to clean up the affected areas, ANAMBRA PEOPLE reports.
The directive by the state government, ANAMBRA PEOPLE learnt is to create free movement of refuse equipment as they are expected to be deployed by refuse contractors for the purpose of clearing abandoned heaps of refuse in the affected areas.
ANAMBRA PEOPLE gathered that the declaration of business free days on Saturday and Sunday was to restrict movement of residents and avoid unnecessary traffic jams as contractors deploy equipment to clear the mess left over by the previous administration.
At Ochanja Roundabout, heaps of refuse have chased away food vendors who operated in the area. The mountainous heap of refuse has also contributed to frequent traffic congestion recently experienced at the busy area.
At Ojedi/Oguta Road, Onitsha the story is the same as half of the road had been blocked by refuse littered in the entire vicinity.
New Cemetery Road/Okosi Road is no exception as heaps of abandoned refuse has taken over a greater portion of the road causing incessant and avoidable traffic congestion with offensive odour oozing out from the site.
Creek Road/Modebe remains the same story giving the impression of Onitsha as a filthy commercial town.
In Okpoko area of Ogbaru near Onitsha and Nkpor area of Idemili North Local Government, residents have turned to fate as mountainous heaps of refuse have become a gory sight to residents and passers-by.
These environmental hazards are expected to end before Monday as the state government tackles the challenges posed by refuse across the affected areas.
Some residents who spoke to ANAMBRA PEOPLE said that the onslaught by Governor Soludo against filth in the state is a welcome development and urged the people to support him.