Federal Commissioner representing Imo State in the Public Complaints Commission, Barr Willie Amadi has called on the General Manager of Imo ENTRACO, Hon Macdonald Ebere not to abandon the legacies of of Clean and Green mantra of Ikedi Ohakim’s administration in the exercise of his functions.
Barr Amadi, who was worked as General Manager of ENTRACO and Adviser to Ohakim on sanitation recalled the giant strides made by the administration, adding that the success recorded pronounced Owerri the cleanest state capital for three unbeatable consecutive times in Nigeria.
He therefore advised him not to deviate from the programs that made it possible for the then government, expressing optimism that if adhered to, the state capital would record more awards.
His advised is contained below:
OBSERVATIONS ON ENTRACO ACTIVITIES.
Good Strides Mr Ebere but don’t forget OHAKIM administration’s Clean & Green initiative which took after Mbakwe administration records and also won the cleanest State capital award in Nigeria for an unbeatable record of three consecutive years between 2008-2010 under my watch, even if you don’t want to consciously knowledge me as the pioneer driver and Super Special Adviser to the Governor on Sanitation & Transport as well as General Manager, Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission, ENTRACO.
Secondly, I am happy that you are following some of our template but let me quickly advice that the only way to eliminate street trading without hurting the defaulting citizens by the removal of illegal traders and structures is by reclaiming the verges and planting grasses and trees on the affected area immediately after the exercise.
We did not do that immediately the removals and recoveries were made and that gave the erreonous impression that government just set out to displace and punish citizens without any plans and or reasons for displacements. Thirdly, let me draw your attention to few but most important areas in the Municipal that requires grassing and tree planting to provoke the beautification awareness of the Uzodinma administration.
They are, namely,
1.EGBU RD from fire service roundabout to OANDO filling station curve Egbu across shoprite,
- OKIGWE RD / IMSU JUNCTION accross IMSU gate leading to the roundabout straight to both GLASS HOUSE by OKIGWE Road on the left and on right straight to EGBU RD across Sports club, Aladinma Hospital, MCC road junction along Chukwuma Nwoha to EGBU ROAD.
The Owerri twin master plan provided for these wonderful green verges on both sides which if well harnessed will create a wonderful scenery and aesthetics now that the government is dualizing those roads and permanently prevent escalation of shanties and street trading and use by mechanics etc, etc.
- The next is the DOUGLAS RD/EMMANUEL COLLEGE JUNCTION straight to POLY/ABA RD JUNCTION before Naze village.
Both sides of the road has considerable size of road green verges for beautification with grass and tree otherwise in no distant future there will be infiltration of shanties and street trading activities being a busy exit and entrance into the capital city from the airport.
- I also urge you to revisit the OKITANKWO BRIDGE after ANUMUDUS family compound which boarders the capital city and IKEDURU LGA.
The reclamation of that SEA BED PLEASURE GARDEN as originally planned is necessary. It provides a natural aesthetics and welcome scenery into the capital city of Owerri to visitors.
I can provide you with the original architectural garden drawings on request. The preliminary implementation of grassing and beautification during my service was widely acknowledged and admired by Imolites and visitors but unfortunately Rochas administration destroyed it because they were bent on destroying our environmental milestone which already had stucked into the minds and consciousness of citizens unfortunately too.
I will continue to provide you with ideas, suggestions and compass to the Clean & Green maggic. Finally, I will please request you to make a proposal to His Excellency, the Governor for the beautification of IMO STATE UNIVERSITY into a garden learning environment suitable for research and academic excellence.
I had a programme of implementation of turning the University into a garden University with detailed beautification architecture of sola lights, removal of illegal structures, squatters and shanties by hawkers and shop owners inside and outside the University which had turned the campus into a local and glorified secondary school irrespective of its reputed high academic excellence with wonderful location and topography.
I achieved the removal of shanties and trading along both sides of the road leading into the the University from Okigwe round about before I left office but unfortunately could not embark on the major action of restoring the inside of the institution into sanity regrettably as it was dear to my heart.
However, this can be done now in collaboration with the University authority. I have the 2010 the detailed environmental architectural restoration drawings and programs of implementation incase your Commission needs it for further review. The immediate RE-ESTABLISHMENT of ENTRACO CLUBS in primary, secondary and Universities in the State will help provoke the consciousness of environmental practice considering the large student’s population in the State and the COVID-19 pandemic challenges.
Finally, please pardon me to continue to monitor your progress as a stakeholder and make imputs for your consideration in the overall interest of the State. Meanwhile you are doing well now after the initial jerks and Mr. Lawrence Okoye in my observation appears to me as someone determined to add value to your resolve just as Prince Okay Osuji did during my tenure 13 years ago. This is subject ofcourse to availability of well managed funds by the Governor.
Federal Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission Nigeria.