Governor Otti emphasized this during Saturday’s clean-up exercise in various parts of Umuahia, where he led members of the State Executive Council and other appointees in participation.
The Governor’s decision to involve his cabinet in the exercise was aimed at mobilizing Abians and creating awareness about the importance of a clean environment.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Pastor Caleb Ajagba, Governor Otti expressed delight at the significant participation in the exercise, deeming it a success as people wholeheartedly engaged in the clean-up efforts.
He emphasized the significance of engaging the public rather than resorting to coercion, aligning this approach with the inclusive principles of his administration.
However, Governor Otti also stressed that there would be consequences for those who fail to participate in future clean-up exercises, reiterating that rebuilding Abia State is a collective responsibility.
Commissioner for Environment and Urban Renewal, Mr. Philemon Ogbonna, and Information and Culture counterpart, Prince Okey Kanu, praised the impressive clean-up exercise, affirming its role in maintaining a clean Abia.
They called on all Abians to collaborate with Dr. Alex Otti’s administration in sustaining a clean environment and announced that motor parks or markets opening during the exercise would face sanctions, signaling a change from the past practices.
The General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), Mr. Ogbonnia Okereke, acknowledged the significant progress in refuse management since the inception of Dr. Otti’s administration, assuring that these efforts will continue.
The exercise, which covered Isigate, Aba Road, Owerri Road, Uzuakoli Road, Azikiwe Road, Adelabu Street, and other areas, witnessed an impressive turnout of people committed to maintaining a cleaner Abia.