Residents Fear An Epidemic as Refuse dump takes Over Anambra Community

Residents of Ozzala Awada Obosi community, Idemili North local government area, Anambra state, Thursday, expressed fear of possible epidemic sequel to the stench emanating from mountains of refuse scattered all over the community for months now.

Consequently, some of the residents have started leaving the community in droves as no hope of evacuation of the refuse is in sight.

Mostly affected are streets/roads within Oganiru zone, prompting motorists plying the zone to look for alternative zones as Oganiru has become nightmare to motorists.

A landlord who pleaded anonymity told this paper that since the inception of the present administration of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, they have not seen any tipper or other government vehicles evacuating refuse in the area.

“We only heard about refuse evacuation on radio and newspapers, we have never seen them in any of the streets around here. Sometimes, you may hear that a tipper passed at major roads without entering any street,” he stated.

Also reacting, another resident who identified himself as Okom Ajama, said that since the present administration took over the management of waste, they have been seeing hell.

“We started seeing hell since the present administration came on board, nobody cares about refuse evacuation in our area,” he stated.

Efforts made to contact the President General of the community, Chief Emeka Ezeodu, to comment on the matter proved abortive as he was not on seat as of the time of filing this report.

A member of the executive, who did not want his name in print, said that the leadership of the community was not in charge of evacuation of the refuse and as such could not render any assistance towards the evacuation.

He however, urged the State and Idemili North local government to come to their rescue now to avoid the incidence of death caused by epidemic.

In his own contribution, Mr. Sunday Igwe, accused the leadership of the community of being silent and not putting up any effort towards its evacuation because it is not its responsibility to evacuate the refuse.

He called on those in charge of refuse evacuation in the state to immediately come to the rescue of the residents.



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