Nigerian Environmental society commends AKSEPWMA
...harps on integrated waste management strategy
By Emma Akpabio
The Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) has commended the efforts of the Akwa Ibom state Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA) in sustaining Akwa Ibom as the cleanest and most beautiful State in Nigeria.
NES which is a professional body committed to advocacy and actions towards environmental protection in Nigeria, gave the commendation on Saturday during the general environmental sanitation exercise in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
Speaking with Journalists, the Akwa Ibom State chapter Chairman of NES – Professor Comfort Etuk extolled Governor Udom Emmanuel for the appointment of Hon Prince Ikim as the Board Chairman of AKSEPWMA. According to her “Hon Ikim is a dedicated young man with great determination for positive impact”. She further noted that with Ikim on the steering, Akwa Ibom State is sure of a well protected and healthy environment.
Frowning at indiscriminate dumping of refuse within the State Capital, Professor Etuk who was flanked by other members of her EXCO, advised on the need to sensitise the general public on effective waste management and disposal. While pleading with the Agency to create more awareness on the approved timing for waste disposal, Prof Etuk promised to collaborate with the Agency for an integrated waste management and environmental protection.
On his part, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom state Environmental Protection and Waste management Agency – Hon Prince Ikim, commended the members of the public for complying with the monthly sanitation exercise despite not restricting movement due to the National common entrance. He promised that all refused littered on the street as a result of the exercise will be fully evacuated during the post sanitation exercise.
Hon Ikim while thanking the state leadership of the Nigerian Environmental Society for identifying with the Agency, promised to always partner with them when necessary, in order to sustain a cleaner and greener Akwa Ibom. The Board Chairman decorated the NES Chairman with her EXCO members with the sanitation regalia and kits of the Agency.
The Waste management Boss reiterated that to have a healthy environment, residents and indigenes of the State must comply with the policies of the State Government. Again, he emphasized that all refuse must be bagged and disposed only at Government approved dump points between 6pm and 6am. According to him, “all defaulters shall be made to face the full weight of the law”.