By Izuchukwu Adichie
Before the 4th Republic, Onitsha urban has more to offer in terms of commercial activities, job opportunities, holidaying, growth and development but today, life in the Urban center is certainly difficult. On the one hand, many places in Onitsha are insecured and faced with non-viable markets and no portable water. On the other hand, many places in Onitsha are also filled with illegal structures, blocked waterways, unplanned and dilapidated houses, traffic gridlock, filthy, dirty air and, lawlessness and disorder.
But, here are some good news to cheer! The current administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo has shown the will to bring back life to a dead Onitsha. He has prioritized aggressive initiatives aimed at resurrecting the metropolitan city, part of which is an open partnership with people to addressing many challenges.
In his inaugural speech, Governor Soludo declared that his administration has zero tolerance for waste on the street and assured a review and strengthening of the existing waste management agency. Furthermore, he declared emergency on greater Onitsha waste management and clearing of sakamori in Okpoko. He, Mr Governor personally supervised and flagged-off the opening and clearing of drainage, channeling of flood and distilling of debris and evacuation of waste.
In line with its resolve to instill confidence in the building control and supervisions to ensure a safer Anambra, Governor Soludo has handed down a serious warning to builders and contractors who flaunts physical planning laws in the metropolis, henceforth, they will be dealt according to the laws of the state. Currently, 200 houses and structures are awaiting demolition for blocking the drainage systems in the Onitsha metropolis and many more that are blocking roads and drainages will still be demolished in greater Onitsha urban.
Governor Soludo has decried the act of lawlessness in the streets, markets, parks across the state, majorly in the greater Onitsha Urban. Having read riot act to touts causing lawlessness and disorder around the city, he has urged all of them to avail themselves so as to key into his government policy of “One-Youth, two-Skills” acquisition.
Conclusively, the vision to resurrect the dead Onitsha Urban also involves modernizing of motor parks and digitalization of markets and lands, opening more roads, continuous enforcement of the cleaning of the metropolis, waste-to-wealth initiative, re-organizing of local vigilante and continuous strengthening of security forces and other enforcement teams, launching of new land policy which involves digitalization of lands.
Towards clean and sustainable Anambra, Governor Soludo is telling Onitsha residents that cleanliness is next to godliness, as only healthy living will guarantee an enjoyable Anambra state for everyone.