Climate change: Anambra distills drainages to save residents 

The Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Anambra state, Wednesday, embarked on distilling of drainages around the state capital to save residents from devastating impact of climate change.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer ACTDA, Hon. Osita Ọnuko, who led a team of evacuators and labourers around the Zik avenue of old Onitsha-Enugu road by Awka, said he was moved by the suffering of people around the area.

Ọnuko stated that some of the residents and business owners had lost their properties to flooding because sands and plastics blocked drainages, thereby forcing water to flow off the road, even as stench oozing from the dirty drainages breeds mosquitoes and sicknesses. 

“Our people often dump refuse indiscriminately, especially during the raining season, mostly because of ignorance of the devastating effects on people. We should know that plastic waste is very dangerous because it does not decompose easily unlike other wastes.

“I have urged town-criers, media and others to help in sensitising the public to stop disposing waste on the drainage whether in the raining season or Sun. We have provided receptacles and we urge people to use them in disposing their wastes accordingly,” he encouraged the masses.

Ọnuko also urged the law enforcement agents, including the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) brigade to enforce the relevant laws in the state and apprehend and prosecute those engaging in indiscriminate waste disposals accordingly to serve as deterrents to others.

Business owners and residents of the area, including Mr Gabriel Tabugbo and Evelyn Nwosu, thanked the government for embarking on distilling the area, but advocated for expanding of the drainages sanctioning of those engaged in  indiscriminate waste disposal.