By Ogenyi Ogenyi, Uyo
Akwa Ibom government has said it has began to take necessary measures to ensure that the threat of flood in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET is averted.
Governor Umo Eno made this known weekend when he led some members of the State Executive Council in distilling drainages in Eket Local Council during the August state-wide environmental sanitation exercise.
Taking a break to address journalists, Eno who commended the Council administration and the State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, AKSEPWMA for efforts in maintaining a clean state called for all hands to be on deck to justify the state’s serenity and good reputation as the cleanest in Nigeria.
The Governor reasoned that the NIMET alert was enough warning towards averting the disaster, adding that the state government through relevant agencies would evoke existing laws against defaulters and institute new regulations where necessary.
On his part, the AKSEPWMA Chairman, Mr Akpan Ikim, commended the proactive disposition of the Governor, stressing that this underscored the governor’s seriousness in ensuring the practicability of his policies.
This the chairman stressed, Eno has demonstrated in the desilting of drains on Atiku Ababakar Avenue in Uyo and floating a sanitation pilot programme in Ewet Housing Estate in Uyo.
Ikim assured of AKSEPWMA’s readiness to enforce the governor’s order to the latter, in accordance with the Law establishing the Agency, adding that the agency is set to mobilize it’s enforcement officers to inspect and serve abatement notices to defaulting residents.
Chairman of Eket Local Council, Mr. Akaninyene Tommey, assured of his Council’s commitment to sustain the tempo of the Governor’s A.R.I.S.E Agenda across all sectors in the area.