Delta State Ministry of Environment under the watch of Hon. Chris Onogba is determined to clean up the environment with his strategic engagement, advocacy, sensitization of the people to be conscious to the fact that ownership of the environment gives one an edge to ensure an all-inclusiveness in sanitizing the environment.
Residents would have been in the position to access the achievements of the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Asaba Capital Development Territory and the Waste Management Board owing to the fact that there has been a serious facelift of the Asaba Capital Territory, and some other towns across the state.
Hon.Chris Onogba while addressing journalists said the cleaning business is all encompassing, involving everybody to the right mind of getting the entire state super clean like every other city in Nigeria, and engaging the private sectors in beautifying the environment as it is now and more is underway.
He said all their efforts is being geared towards a clean city, in which the cleaning is done by humans who need to have an attitudinal change towards the environment.
Hon. Onogba said that there is a dire need to drive the ownership of the environment to the people to help police it, keep it clean, while they have achieve a reasonable feat including the Effurun/Warri axis, adding that he has no doubt that when the clean-up is completed,, Asaba people and Deltans will begin to feel the impact of their efforts.
Onogba who said in an interview that he had synergized with other sister environmental agencies in the state saddled with the responsibility of sanitizing the environment, and are going beyond boundaries to achieve their common goals of keeping the environment clean, said there is no need for territorial sharing and that his approach to life style is to create impact on the peoples life through his offices.
He said that apart from cleaning the environment, they have also done a lot in opening of canals and rivers, where Anwai River received a touch on mechanical distillation. He said the Mechanical Desiltation of the Anwai River was to enable it accommodate the volume of water channeled to it and to safeguard the fish farmers who have clusters of fish ponds around the river and that he also got approval to dredge the Iyiabi River along Ibusa road to minimize the flooding in the area.
Also in Patani a stretch of 15km canal was cleared, including canals in Uzere and Ughelli North, Ughelli South, and embarked on manual clearing of drainages in Oghara while Mosogar for the first time experienced flooding that attracted the ministry to evacuate sands blocking the drains in the community.
The commissioner who gave kudos to the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his wonderful support and commitment to ensure that the state was kept clean and for alleviating the sufferings of over 10,000 Deltans who were displaced by flood in 2019 and those numerous large number of people who refused to leave their homes during the flooding period, but received relief materials from the government.
The commissioner stated that power belongs to the people and that this present government will not fail to deliver on the mandate given to them by the people, adding that it is paramount for people to understand the need for collaboration in the business of cleaning the environment.
On the PSPs ,the commissioner said the Private Sector Participants (PSP) has posed a huge challenge in the sanitization business, saying that some of them do not have the capacity to perform due to lack of fund and people’s attitude towards waste management , adding that in the last meeting they held, some were asked to merge for optimal performance.
He said that the ministry has the intention to raise a formidable taskforce that will embark on operation show your receipt while the state government had set up a committee to evaluate the services of the Private Sector Partnership.
Speaking further, Onogba said that the only available dump site in Oshimili South can accommodate more local governments while the incinerator plant is underutilized, adding that plans were on the way to set up a plant that has the capacity to separate plastic waste and that a China company will soon be on ground to set up a recycling plant that will also help to evacuate refuses and recycle plastic cans to other plastic products.
He assured that from January sanitation exercise will take a new dimension in the state as residents will be made to imbibe the culture of cleaning their environment on sanitation days and every other day in the state and to ensure that their refuses are disposed of, adding that paying the PSPs regularly will help solve the problems, knowing that one poor attitude towards the environment will turn around to hurt the people.
Onogba disclosed that the State Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has mandated him to plant trees which he tends to begin in the new fiscal year while every little space in the state will be used for tree plantation to help the atmosphere in absorption of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen for human consumption.
He said that they would bring proposals to plant trees in 2020, while the environment will witness a total turn around and the consciousness to own the environment will be achieved, everybody will start to police the environment.
Onogba said that Deltans should expect more mechanical and manual distillation of drains and canals to tackle the flooding that have become a decimal occurrence while ministry would continue to do everything possible to ensure that they mitigate the effects of flooding, reduce the level of carbon emission through distribution of improved customized cooking stoves to the people.
Onogba who said that in 2020, Deltans should expect more trees planting, more evacuation of blockages in the drainages and canals, demolition of illegal structures, shanties and buildings blocking the natural waterways, adding that the he will deliver on the mandate given to him by the state governor, calling on Deltans help to help protect all government facilities in their domain and be more environmental friendly.