AKSEPWMA Pledges Sustained Commitment to Environmental Protection

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AKSEPWMA Pledges Commitment to Environmental Protection

…Gives 3-year score-card

Priscilla Christopher

The Akwa Ibom state Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA) has pledged to up its ante in protecting the State environment.

This was the position of the Agency’s Board Chairman, Prince Akpan Ikim on Monday, September 6, 2021, when he gave a detailed analysis of the Agency’s milestones in the last three years of his administration.

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Ikim who recalled the lapses observed in the Board’s activities prior to his appointment noted that “the reconstitution of AKSEPWMA was borne out of the vision of the Governor for a safer, cleaner and sustainable environment for all, which has allowed industrialization and investment opportunities to thrive” and that “the years from 2018 to date have not only witnessed a speed-of-light progression of activities, but a time line hall-marked in commitment to the duty of transforming the Akwa Ibom State Environment, through global best practices and cutting-edge approaches on environmental management, to the arousal of national and international applause.

The lapses he said, included: environmental contamination, flooding, poor vegetation control, blocked drainages, ineffective waste disposal system, leading to environment-related illnesses and an inconducive environment generally.

He however lauded the efforts and initiatives of his men as well as the cooperation of Akwa Ibomites in the successes recorded by the AKSEPWMA so far.

“Through our operational models and initiatives, in these three years, Akwa Ibom State has emerged the Cleanest State back to back for years: 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively. This achievement is a rare feat for the state since its creation in 1987. And it is hitherto attributable to the effort the agency has conceived in its in-time”.

He listed the achievements of the Agency to include: the wealth from waste initiative, a positive increment in vegetation control clicks, managing and ensuring the sustainability of dumpsites, enabling community participation in waste management, repeal of environmental laws, introduction of the greater Akwa Ibom clean-up campaign and fortifying the environment against the infection and spread of covid-19 and post covid-19 battles.

Some public places decontaminated according to Prince Ikim are: DSS Headquarters, Uyo; Doctors Mess, Uyo; Isolation Center, Uyo; Ibom Specialty Hospital, Uyo; UUTH mortuary, Doctor’s quarters, UUTH; Emmanuel Hospital, Eket; Cottage Hospital, Urua Inyang, Ika LGA; General Hospital, Ikot Ekpene; Ambulances at Ibom Specialty Hospital, Govt. House, Akwa Ibom NUJ Secretariat Complex, Ministry of Local Government; SSG’s office and still counting.

Going forward, the Chairman, AKSEPWMA informed the media of the introduction of the Special sanitation corps, Market sanitation corps, Community sanitation corps, Clean-up club in schools, and AKSEPWMA enforcement unit to ensure the effectiveness of environmental sanitation across various facets of the society.

Also to be sustained is the House-to-House Waste Management Initiative already practiced by the Agency at Ewet    housing and Shelter Afrique Housing Estates, with 10 additional compacting trucks to be stationed within the estates.

According to Ikim, the trucks which were donated as a reward to the Agency by the NDDC for emerging the cleanest state in Nigeria back to back, will serve as a means of boosting the revenue base of the state.

“We have the procured and deployed 20 numbers of 6000 litres of dump stirs waste receptacles by the agency to transfer stations within Uyo Capital City. In the years to come, we will continue to work with States, stakeholders, and local leaders to identify, aid, and empower areas most strained by Environmental challenges”, he stated.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of the first-ever AKSEPWMA logo and the assessment of the vehicles donated by the NDDC by members of the press.

The AKSEPWMA was established in the year 2000 by a Parliamentary Act; AKWA IBOM STATE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT AGENCY LAW Cap 47, LAWS OF AKWA IBOM STATE. After its establishment, the agency went through a period of gestation for 18 years till 2018 when the Prince Ikim-led administration came on board.

The reconstitution of AKSEPWMA, according to its Board Chairman, reaffirmed the right of Akwa Ibomites to breathe freely, live in an uncontaminated land and have a safe, green and healthy Environment.