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Anambra State Ministry of Environment, Beautification and Ecology has commenced desilting of drainages along the Enugu/Onitsha Express Road,from the Bridge Head Onitsha down to Upper Iweka as part of measures to ensure free flow of flood.
Personnel from the Ministry were seen controlling heavy traffic in the Commercial city to prevent them from bumping into the heaps of sand and debris generated from the drainages.
Reacting to the exercise,Mr Francis Nwadukwe,a trader from Delta State commended the state government for embarking on the exercise to prevent flood from overflowing the Express Road this rainy season and condemned the attitude of some residents who defecate and dump refuse into drainages while Mr Wahabi Afolabi,a park manager called for sanction against those who turned drainages into waste bin thereby fraustrating the efforts of the State government.
Mrs Theresa Nwudo,a teacher in her reaction, advised the Ministry of Environment to form collaborate with leaders of markets located along the Onitsha Expressway to prevent traders and food vendors from dumping wastes into the gutters just as she advised the Ministry to place big receptacle bin at Ogbo Ogwu junction by the Express Road where people presently dump wastes along the road which she pointed out is washed into the gutters whenever it rains.
Commenting on the exercise on telephone, Mr Victor Abuo who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner for Environment, said the exercise was geared towards opening up all drainages in Onitsha Metropolis as part of efforts to safeguard the Environment from adverse effects of flood.
Some traders at the Uga via Ogbo Ogwu Junction were seen dumping refuse into the drainages already cleared .
A staff of the Ministry who spoke anonymously, lamented the act and called for attitudinal change from the people.

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