Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Chief Paul Nnatuanya, President General, Ebenebe Town Union (ETU) Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra has called on the community to desist from building on flood channels or face wrath of the law.
Nnatuanya, made the call in Ebenebe during his inaugural speech as the newly elected present general of the community.
He said that his administration would champion the monitoring and compliance to the new directives so as to save the community from imminent flood devastation.
He said that most of the flood being experienced recently in the community was as a result of people building on the flood channels, dumping of refuge in the gutters and other activities causing flood.
Nnatuanya urged the people of Ebenebe community to key into the monthly sanitation exercise usually observed in major cities of the state to maintain a healthy environment.
The community leader said that if the community imbibes the sanitation exercise which became necessary due to various developmental projects ongoing in the community it would be more beneficial to the town.
The PG said that if all the 8 villages namely Umuaba, Umuji, Umuoye, Umuajana, Obuno,Uwani. Umuogbuefi, and Okpuno would abide by his admonition in keeping a healthy environment , the nightmare of flood sweeping them would be over.
He said that ETU under his watch will support any government directive regarding flood control or any other progressive work in the community and will not hesitate to bring to justice anyone caught evading sanitation or any act inimical to the development of the town.
The PG therefore urged the people to shun acts of environmental degradation such as littering the streets with trash, indiscriminate dumping of refuse, building on the water channels and a host of other erratic behaviours that could pose dire threat to the environment.
Speaking on behalf of other executives and youths, Chief Benjamin Ilonwa, first Vice Chairman ETU said that the community must be in tune with what is obtainable in modern times as well as maintain clean healthy environment.
Mr Johnbosco Anaracha, second vice president assured that the new leadership would not be like the previous one that held the community in crisis for 12 years.
According to Ilonwa and Anaracha, Ebenebe would be peaceful and ever ready to receive more state government presence, local and international investors throughout the tenure of the new executive of ETU and beyond as they would do everything possible to create a safe environment .
Inaugurating the executive earlier, Mr Sunday Eze from Anambra State Ministry of Town Union and Chieftaincy matters advised the new leadership on teamwork with the traditional ruler Igwe Christopher Nnaegbuna to achieve desired results.
The PG disclosed that the union has inaugurated a committee to oversee the 2018 Ebenebe Day ( cultural fiesta) billed to hold on 31st December.
The committee has Benjamin Ilonwa as Chairman, Cletus Nnenna as Secretary, Johnbosco Anaracha, Innocent Maduakor, Okechukwu Onuegbu, Innocent Chukwuka, Raymond Arinze, and others as members.