Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo embarked on an inspection tour in Onitsha, in accordance with his urban regeneration agenda and operation clean, green, and sustainable Anambra Campaign launched three weeks ago.
Governor Soludo visited the uncompleted Anambra Hotel, opposite ShopRite, GRA Onitsha built by Former Governor Peter Obi, Judges Quarters GRA Onitsha, and GRA Onitsha Water Works, which has a 3 million litre storage tank that has been non-functional for over 50 years.
Others include the Police Divisional Headquarters in Fegge, Urban Girls Secondary School in Fegge, Urban Boys Secondary School in Fegge, Umuasele Street in Sakamori, Bida Road in Odoakpu, Crash Program Water Scheme in Odoakpu, and Greater Onitsha Water Supply Scheme in Nkisi.
Soludo revealed that the design for construction of road with dual carriage and installation of streetlights has already been completed for Ochanja Market Fegge, while solid waste clearance and drainage channeling to the Niger River has already begun.
Governor Soludo bemoaned the blocked drainage at Police Divisional Headquarters in Fegge, which he described as unfit for human habitation. He considered moving the station to a different location.
Governor Soludo also promised to pay the third term school fees for 2,350 students at Urban Girls Secondary School Fegge, while at Urban Boys Secondary School Fegge, Soludo said he would look into relocating the school before the end of the year because the current location is not conducive for a modern school environment.
He pledged to buy a new drum set for the students’ brigade as well as five footballs, while at Umuasele Street in Onitsha, Soludo assured that the roads would be built with drainage.
“Onitsha is the largest city in the South East, but for many years, the city’s level has declined, and one of the biggest challenges is the environment.”
“People are building without approval and blocking drainages with impunity.” We are determined to revive all water schemes across the state through a systematic master plan.
“Water and sanitation are also important components of our health agenda.” “We’re working on power, water, and basic infrastructure,” Soludo explained.
“One of our work projects is to redesign the city!” We have known and diagnosed the program, and we are analysing to see if the work program is proceeding as planned.
“There is still much work to be done, but it warms my heart to know that we have taken the first major step in our urban regeneration agenda by rescuing Onitsha.”
“Everyone has a role to play in order for society to survive.” We must take action to keep our environment clean in the long term.
“Everyone must take responsibility if we are to see the changes that we want to see,” Soludo concluded.
In separate speeches, the Transition Chairman for Onitsha North and Onitsha South, Mr. Charles Ozoma and Engr. Ogochukwu Ekwueme, thanked the Governor for launching Operation Clean, Green, Sustainable Anambra at Onitsha and for following up to ensure the intended objectives are met.
The Deputy Governor Anambra State, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Commissioner for Works, Engr Ifeanyi Okomma, Commissioner for Power and Water Resources, Engr. Julius Chukwuemeka, Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu, MD ASWAMA, Mike Ozoemena, MD Ocha Brigade, Mr Celestine Anaere, Special Adviser on Security, AVM Ben Chiobi amongst others accompanied the Governor on the tour.