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BY JOSIAH OGOEGBUNEM
Delta State Government today appreciated the compliance of Deltans with the monthly sanitation exercise; a routine effort to galvanize the people to actively participate in cleaning their environment.
The exercise was monitored by the Commissioner of Environment, Jamani Ejiro at Ughelli North Local Government Area, while the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mrs. Minnie Oseji supervised Oshimili North Local Government Area.
At Ughelli, North, the Environment Commissioner, Jamani Tommy Ejiro , assured Deltans that the monthly sanitation exercise would not be business as usual as the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori administration has declared war on filth.
Accompanied on the tour by the Council Chairman, Hon Richard Kofi, the environment commissioner charged Deltans to support the MORE Agenda of Governor Oborevwori by taking responsibility for the sanitation of their environment.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Mrs Oseji who visited Okpanam, Ibusa and Akwukwu-Igbo communities in Oshimili North Local Government Area, expressed satisfaction with the levels of compliance by residents.
Oseji commended the Local Government Council for its role in enforcing the sanitation exercise, just as she applauded the youths for rising to the occasion and living up to their expectations.
She added that defaulters who were apprehended during the hours of the sanitation exercise were made to do basic community services in line with the purpose of the sanitation exercise.
In the same vein, Oseji thanked officials of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), and local government officials for collaborating with the Ministry of Environment to make the exercise a success.
‘’We have been advocating for closer collaboration because there is enough work for us to do in the state. Therefore, we can split and work together in different areas but the goal remains the same. We want to preserve the environment in the state. We want to fulfil the vision of Governor Oborevwori’s vision of a cleaner Delta’’ she said.
At Okpanam community, the chairman of the Okada Riders Association, Comrade Kenneth Okonkwo, led his union to participate in the sanitation exercise, even as he encouraged other trade unions and associations to support the state government in keeping the state clean.