By Israel Mbam

Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi has been applauded for making the State the cleanest State in Nigeria. The accolades were showered on the Governor by Civil society organizations who conducted  assessment on sanitation, refuse evacuation, and Serene environmental across the Country. The groups said the beautification of Ebonyi environment with ornamental trees, prompt and regular evacuation of refuse and other aesthetics by Governor Umahi has placed the State higher above others.

Confirming the success story of Governor Umahi in the Environment sector, the immediate past State Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Comr Jonah Egba  reaffirmed the rating that Ebonyi State under the leadership of Governor David Nweze Umahi remains one of the cleanest States in Nigeria. 

The former Commissioner who noted that Umahi has turned the State to a tourist centre, explained that the State Ministry of Environment has helped to sustain the feats achieved through regular evacuation of refuse,  environmental cleanliness and monitoring to ensure that the environmental policy of the government are strictly obeyed.

He explained that while in office, various organizations including CLEANUP NIGERIA among others had conducted assessments of sanitation and environmental cleanliness in States in Southeast  and other States in Ngeria and ranked Ebonyi state the cleanest with Award to His Excellency the Governor as "Governor of the cleanest state in the south East and one of cleanest states in Nigeria".

"Our Governor has through road construction, flyovers, streets light, decongestion of the capital city and other projects made Ebonyi not only the Dubai of Africa, but also the cleanest States in the country. The Governor through the ministry of environment is poised at sustaining the State government's operation keep Ebonyi clean. This is because of his believe that "cleanliness is next to godliness and a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

Further investigation on the giant strides of Governor Umahi in area of environment revealed that has the environment ministry ensured the proper management of waste and the environment by providing sanitation disposal of all types of waste in all parts of the State. This has had positive impacts on the lives of the citizenry in diverse ways. 

The Ebonyi clean project have enhanced Public Health, Environmental Protection and Sustainability.  The Government of Umahi has achieved maintenance of aestheticism of the State Capital, and ensures the control of pollution and industrial wastes to prevent outbreak of disease in any part of the State.

Also of importance is the control of erosion and preservation of natural eco-system. On this too Governor Umahi led  government has also ranked the best in Nigeria. 

Ebonyi under Governor Umahi has achieved Prevention of over flooding, especially during rainy season. The project through the support of national and international partners enhances Soil fertility and provides organic fertilizers that are environmental friendly.

The government through the Ministry of environment has reduced the level of environmental pollution, degradation and depletion of natural resources in Ebonyi state.

Also of importance is that apart from maintaining  the status of the cleanest State, Umahi led government has created employment opportunities for the teaming unemployed youths as some of them were engaged as contractors in refuse disposal, environmental Marshals among others  

The positive results achieved has

Paved way for an Integrated Waste Management Solution and Public–Private Partnership arrangement in the effective management of waste in the state, and which are made possible through the procurement and construction of integrated solid waste management system (re-cycling plant for converting refuse to organic fertilizer, land fill etc) by the  Engr. David Nweze Umahi led administration in Ebonyi State.

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