Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City

Owerri the capital ofImoStateinNigeriahas been named the dirtiest city inNigeriain a report published on Tuesday by Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria. Excrement in the street, graffiti, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and lack of sanitation exercises are the typical problems which Owerri city suffers, the report said. Another is the pure water sachets, cans, the mass booze-up, which brings hundreds of teenagers on to the streets at weekends, leaving litter strewn on streets. The report also stated that 88 percent of those questioned believed more public awareness of litter problems and regular cleanup exercise would have greater effect in Owerri .According to the report ,146 local authorities were contacted and it was discovered that each of the thousands of Imolites living in Owerri generates 1.5kg of rubbish per day and that only 5 percent of homes in Owerri have rubbish collection systems.

I am down and angry about this news. It is shocking to discover that for six months now the administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha has not conducted the monthly cleanup exercise. Owerri is now rated the dirtiest city inNigeria. It is still fresh in our memory that by the first 100 days of the last administration of the state, Clean and Green policy and the New face of Imo program transformed Owerri into an admirably clean city. During the last administration, once in a month Imolites take part in a major cleanup exercise, picking up garbage, sweeping streets, sweeping roads, clearing away refuse, sorting bottles and so on.Thanks to an administration with a poor outlook on life, ignorance, laziness and nothing to gain by being clean, Owerri has become the dirtiest city. Governor Okorocha has cut Imo citizens out of their clean-up the environment responsibility and nobody seems to have the guts to say anything for fear of the governor's attack dogs and for fear of being accused of fanning ambers of disunity in the state.

All it takes for evil to thrive in a society is for few good men to say nothing. All what we are saying is that our governor should face the task of governance and meet the people's expectations. We demand that Okorocha should reintroduce the monthly sanitation exercise in the state. We demand that theImoStategovernment should find a way of stopping indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Owerri and if possible inaugurate a sanitation court to prosecute offenders. Owerri city is now refuse city as a result of poor waste management. Even people living outside Owerri now transport refuse into it and dump them along the roads.

We will also never stop demanding that Governor Okorocha should recall the sacked 10,000 legally employed Civil Servants in Imo state.The civil Servants were duly employed according to Imo State Civil Service Commission laws. There are laid down civil service rules to follow in the sack of any civil servant. We must follow the rule of law in governance for we operate democratic system inNigeria. The expectation of the working class inImoState,traders, keke riders and transporters was that Okorocha would usher in a government where citizens right will be protected under the provision of the constitution as against decree under military dictatorship. Six months into Owelle's rule, we have begun to ask question: is there a rule of law? Illegal proclamations are being made in gross violation of democratic norms and the provisions of Nigerian Constitution.

The executive fiat announcement of the sack of 10,000 civil servants in Imo state by the governor is an abuse of executive powers. It portrays the government as being very insensitive to the plights of the masses and a non respecter of the rule of law. Section 17 sub 3(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states, "the state shall direct its policy towards ensuring that all citizens, without discriminations on any group whatsoever, have the opportunity for securing adequate means of livelihood as well as adequate opportunity to secure suitable employments". A governor that cannot provide employment for the youths of the state has no business in office.

-Kenneth Uwadi,Mmahu-Egbema,Imo State ,Nigeria



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Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
First-lady posted on 12-03-2011, 16:06:14 PM

Owerri the capital ofImoStateinNigeriahas been named the dirtiest city inNigeriain a report published on Tuesday by Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria. Excrement in the street, graffiti, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and lack of sanitation exercises are the typical problems which Owerri city suffers, the report said. Another is the pure water sachets, cans, the mass booze-up, which brings hundreds of teenagers on to the streets at weekends, leaving litter strewn on streets. The report also stated that 88 percent of those questioned believed more public awareness of litter problems and regular cleanup exercise would have greater effect in Owerri .According to the report ,146 local authorities were contacted and it was discovered that each of the thousands of Imolites living in Owerri generates 1.5kg of rubbish per day and that only 5 percent of homes in Owerri have rubbish collection systems.

I am down and angry about this news. It is shocking to discover that for six months now the administration of Owelle Rochas Okorocha has not conducted the monthly cleanup exercise. Owerri is now rated the dirtiest city inNigeria. It is still fresh in our memory that by the first 100 days of the last administration of the state, Clean and Green policy and the New face of Imo program transformed Owerri into an admirably clean city. During the last administration, once in a month Imolites take part in a major cleanup exercise, picking up garbage, sweeping streets, sweeping roads, clearing away refuse, sorting bottles and so on.Thanks to an administration with a poor outlook on life, ignorance, laziness and nothing to gain by being clean, Owerri has become the dirtiest city. Governor Okorocha has cut Imo citizens out of their clean-up the environment responsibility and nobody seems to have the guts to say anything for fear of the governor's attack dogs and for fear of being accused of fanning ambers of disunity in the state.

All it takes for evil to thrive in a society is for few good men to say nothing. All what we are saying is that our governor should face the task of governance and meet the people's expectations. We demand that Okorocha should reintroduce the monthly sanitation exercise in the state. We demand that theImoStategovernment should find a way of stopping indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Owerri and if possible inaugurate a sanitation court to prosecute offenders. Owerri city is now refuse city as a result of poor waste management. Even people living outside Owerri now transport refuse into it and dump them along the roads.

We will also never stop demanding that Governor Okorocha should recall the sacked 10,000 legally employed Civil Servants in Imo state.The civil Servants were duly employed according to Imo State Civil Service Commission laws. There are laid down civil service rules to follow in the sack of any civil servant. We must follow the rule of law in governance for we operate democratic system inNigeria. The expectation of the working class inImoState,traders, keke riders and transporters was that Okorocha would usher in a government where citizens right will be protected under the provision of the constitution as against decree under military dictatorship. Six months into Owelle's rule, we have begun to ask question: is there a rule of law? Illegal proclamations are being made in gross violation of democratic norms and the provisions of Nigerian Constitution.

The executive fiat announcement of the sack of 10,000 civil servants in Imo state by the governor is an abuse of executive powers. It portrays the government as being very insensitive to the plights of the masses and a non respecter of the rule of law. Section 17 sub 3(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states, "the state shall direct its policy towards ensuring that all citizens, without discriminations on any group whatsoever, have the opportunity for securing adequate means of livelihood as well as adequate opportunity to secure suitable employments". A governor that cannot provide employment for the youths of the state has no business in office.

-Kenneth Uwadi,Mmahu-Egbema,Imo State ,Nigeria



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Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Chi2 posted on 12-04-2011, 03:37:59 AM
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All it takes for evil to thrive in a society is for few good men to say nothing. All what we are saying is that our governor should face the task of governance and meet the people's expectations. We demand that Okorocha should reintroduce the monthly sanitation exercise in the state. We demand that theImoStategovernment should find a way of stopping indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Owerri and if possible inaugurate a sanitation court to prosecute offenders. Owerri city is now refuse city as a result of poor waste management.


Your concern is understandable, but the solution you advanced does not receive my support. The idea that "Okorocha should reintroduce the monthly sanitation exercise in the state" should give way to putting in place a permanent structure that should maintain environmental sanitation not only in Imo State but all over the nation.

Such a permanent structure should also put in place, permanent mini trash bins at specific locations including elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions among other measures. Monthly or periodic sanitation exercise should be limited to residential houses between the landlord/caretaker and tenants. During Gov. Mbakwe tenure, Imo State scored 8/10 in environmental cleanliness.
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Iyke posted on 12-04-2011, 03:47:45 AM
This is a blatant lie. Okorocha has reintroduced the house to house refuse collection that was last seen during mbakwe days. The Sulo people run around the street carrying dirt. why do we need monthly sanitation. Since PDP lost the election they have continously engaged in calumny against the Governor. Give him a chance PDP members. shoo.
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Chi2 posted on 12-04-2011, 05:42:48 AM
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This is a blatant lie. Okorocha has reintroduced the house to house refuse collection that was last seen during mbakwe days.


Mazi Kenneth Uwadi, it's your turn to disprove Iyke's comment above. Is your piece "a blatant lie" deliberately posted to besmirch the image of the Imo State Governor?
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Johny has been posted on 12-04-2011, 07:03:34 AM
A small part of the monthly allocations and sundry revenues that accrue to Owerri Municipal, Owerri West and Owerri North LGAs is enough for their chairmen to make Owerri the cleanest Metropolis in the world.
Yours Truly believes that a state governor is elected to administer the entire state and must not be transformed to a refuse disposal master of the state capital.

How about having Ohaji/Egbema, or Ezinihite Mbaise or Ideator north, or Obowo, etc., having some stint of development engineered by the Imo state government - and have their LGA chairmen arrange for how to clean their domains?

Truth is: there is a population explosion in the Imo state capital at the expense of development in the other areas of the state. The other two long-designated urban areas in the state - once nearly similar in size to Owerri - still remain glorified villages 35 years after the creation of Imo state.

Let's hope this is not yet morning regarding the social menace that population explosion portends in the Imo state capital city. Is there any other city in the wider world harbouring about five universities and polythecnics except Owerri? Here landlords charge more than 50,000 Naira per student a semester on the myriad student population for a rat hole of a room.

Military governors/administrators imbued on Imo state the legacy of 'all-there-is-in-a-state-to-develop-is the-state-capital;' some group in Imo state has embraced that ugly phenomenon and are not inclined to let the rest of the state register any form of development engineered by government.

If the present Imo state government is truly inclined towards engineering infrastructural development throughout the state, Imolites must see talk of the governor and refuse disposal in Owerri as a cheap blackmail on him to embrace the ugly one-city-state syndrome - as did his predecessors - as well as Kenneth Uwadi.
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Enyi posted on 12-04-2011, 07:07:26 AM
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Your concern is understandable, but the solution you advanced does not receive my support. The idea that \"Okorocha should reintroduce the monthly sanitation exercise in the state\" should give way to putting in place a permanent structure that should maintain environmental sanitation not only in Imo State but all over the nation.

Such a permanent structure should also put in place, permanent mini trash bins at specific locations including elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions among other measures. Monthly or periodic sanitation exercise should be limited to residential houses between the landlord/caretaker and tenants. During Gov. Mbakwe tenure, Imo State scored 8/10 in environmental cleanliness.


I consider the concept of monthly sanitation ludicrous and waste of time. Its practical implication is- be dirty for 29/30 days and be clean for just one day. I am not sure how many countries operate such nonsense. Before the war, there were sanitary inspectors who visited houses regularly to ensure that the basic tenets of hygiene were observed. Similarly, there were proper structures for refuse disposal. The Military for reasons best known to them destroyed this system. We should go back to the old system and make changes, if need be. Daily sanitation should be the watch word.
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Igboamaeze posted on 12-04-2011, 07:26:44 AM
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I am in Owerri right now and can't see any unusual filthiness as potrayed by the author. Owerri may not be as clean as London, but it's general state of cleaniness is comparable to Abuja metropolis.

Virtually all the roads in Owerri are under repairs which makes me wonder how the government will ensure quality job considering the cost implication. I would have preferred phased road repairs instead of taking all of them at once. Okorocha and his people should visit Enugu and see how Chime has given Enugu city roads quality face-lift.

The subject and content of this essay are factually wrong...
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Anonimi posted on 12-04-2011, 10:07:31 AM
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A small part of the monthly allocations and sundry revenues that accrue to Owerri Municipal, Owerri West and Owerri North LGAs is enough for their chairmen to make Owerri the cleanest Metropolis in the world.
Yours Truly believes that a state governor is elected to administer the entire state and must not be transformed to a refuse disposal master of the state capital.


Thanks- it is the job of the LGs to keep common/public spaces clean and green.
The reference is hereunder:

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13. Refuse Collection and Maintaining Clean Streets

Responsibility for refuse collection and street cleaning remains that of the Local government even though most states and established waste management agencies. The Local government Council also has responsibility for removing corpses and animal carcasses from our roads, for unclogging drains and patching potholes on roads.

LG duties


And this monthly environmental sanitation hangover from Buhari/Idiagbon military dictatorship days has no place in a democracy with each tier of government, especially LGs doing their own bit.

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Military governors/administrators imbued on Imo state the legacy of 'all-there-is-in-a-state-to-develop-is the-state-capital;'
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Anonimi posted on 12-04-2011, 10:10:24 AM
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I consider the concept of monthly sanitation ludicrous and waste of time. Its practical implication is- be dirty for 29/30 days and be clean for just one day. I am not sure how many countries operate such nonsense. Before the war, there were sanitary inspectors who visited houses regularly to ensure that the basic tenets of hygiene were observed.


Yet we say there is unemployment and avoidable diseases- both can be reduced through sanitary inspectors organised by LGs.

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Daily sanitation should be the watch word.


Thanks for putting it so nicely!
Re: Why Owerri Is Now Rated As Nigeria's Dirtiest City
Denker posted on 12-04-2011, 10:15:06 AM
nnah, nawah...21st century, igbo people dey discuss about refuse disposal wahala.....nawah for dis race...dis ding na rudimentary elemental problem....if una no fit control dis small problem how una fit control complex ding....time to chop off some bad heads in igboland...time for bloody revolution....indeed!
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