By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€” GOVERNOR Peter Obi warned yesterday that residents of the state who fail to pay sanitation levies for the disposal of wastes should be prepared to relocate from Anambra State, saying that government would no longer tolerate a situation whereby people refuse to carry out their civic duties while expecting government to perform magic.
The Governor who spoke during the flag off of N170 million solid waste disposal programme and launching of compactors and receptacles in Awka regretted that though sanitation rates in the state were the cheapest, the people still refuse to pay.
â€œThe state government spends a minimum of N55 million just to attend to refuse disposal in the state with no appreciable impact . No government can afford this on a sustainable basis. We must resolve to pay our rates today household by household, including institutions of all colourations to be able to maintain the environmental cleanliness.
â€œSanitation is a very expensive business and it would be unfortunate if we do not pay the rate in order to ensure that government continues to provide this life â€“saving service. A dirty environment with its attendant health consequences, scares investors, visitors and tourists alike and the present administration is determined to take Anambra State to the next level with this waste disposal programme,â€ the Governor said.
According to the governor, management of waste products in the State would be one of his major challenges in the next four years, addingÂ that the successes recorded in keeping Anambra State clean must be sustained in order to attract businesses and tourists back to the State.
He commended Fidelity Bank which provided about N100 million for its partnership in procuring state-of the art refuse disposal vehicles, noting that the gesture of the bank was a manifestation of its efforts at fulfilling its corporate social responsibility.