The Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has declared an emergency on environmental sanitation in the state. This was made known by his media assistant Sam Hart.
Mr Hart has had a difficult time on Twitter because many people have posted pictures of mountains of rubbish in Abia State and trended the hashtag #IkpeazuHasFailed. The governor is now taking action to resolve the issue.
PRESS RELEASE The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has declared a State of Emergency on Environmental Sanitation in Abia State effective immediately in response to the increasing challenges of waste management in some parts of the State. Consequently, the Governor will shortly sign an Executive Order to create Autonomous Waste Management Authorities in the following Metropolitan Local Government Areas in Abia State – Aba North, Aba South, Osisioma Ngwa, Obingwa, Ugwunagbo, Umuahia South and Umuahia North. Local Waste Managers shall be appointed immediately to superintendent over these Waste Management Authorities in the specified Local Government Areas and be solely responsible for waste management in their LGAs of operation. Effective from today, Friday, 27th September 2019, the Governor shall, for four weeks, PERSONALLY take over and coordinate Waste Management activities in the entire Aba Metropolis to restore sanity and discipline in the entire Waste Management System within the emergency period. Signed: Onyebuchi Ememanka, Esq Chief Press Secretary to the Governor. 27th September, 2019.