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Okorocha and the Douglas road refuse dump in Imo State

 

It was Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu who said “If you are neutral in

situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If

an Elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you

are neutral, the oppressed mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”.

 

Also, it was Madam Helen Keller who said “The only thing worse than

being blind is having sight but no vision”.

 

I have therefore watched with shock and unbelief how the Imo State

Capital (Owerri) is gradually turning into a refuse dump estate. I

have listened to various reasons and arguments regarding the offensive

refuse on Douglas road (just beside Ekeukwu Owerri market and opposite

St. Paul’s Catholic Church) that has obviously become an eyesore and

embarrassment to the state. I have also watched with keen interest the

alleged non-challant attitude of the State Government concerning the

same refuse that has for the time being stretched to over 3,000 feet

in length and occupying more than half of the width of the road in

question.

 

The question that comes to mind is; what is the problem? What’s Gwan?

(Apologies to Reggae musician, Ras Kimono). In a bid to answer this

question, I had to ask questions and listen to various reasons and

nonsensical arguments regarding this un-cleared mountainous refuse

along Douglas road Owerri. I had discussions and interfaced with those

in positions of Authority, and my findings have therefore made me to

conclude that the following people should be held responsible for that

eyesore on Douglas road which is capable of unleashing epidemic of

unimaginable proportion on residents of the State capital.

 

1.      The General Manager, Environmental Transformation Commission,

ENTRACO – Mr. Jeff Nwoha.

2.      The Commissioner for Health – Barr. (Mrs) Ngozi Njoku.

3.      The Chairman House Committee on Health and Sanitation at the Imo

State House of Assembly – Mr. Nkenna John Nzerue.

4.      Imo State House of Assembly member for Owerri municipal council –

Mr. Lugard Osuji.

5.      Religious leaders in the State

6.      Political leaders in the State.

 

The reading public will observe that I tactically refused to include

the name of Governor Rochas Okorocha on the list of those to be held

responsible. This is so because Okorocha has people appointed into

various organs of government to take care of certain responsibilities.

Conversely, if those responsibilities are not being taken care of, the

appointed aides of the governor would then be held responsible in the

first instance, and to a larger extent, Okorocha too. Therefore, I

dare conclude that it is these set of unreasonable, unrefined and

uncultured appointees that are destroying the legacies of Governor

Okorocha by deliberately refusing to do their job.

 

Roughly two months ago, I did an article entitled “’’OKOROCHA,

DEMOLITION OF PROPERTIES AND RELOCATION OF EKEUKWU OWERRI MARKET’’’

(SEE ATTACHED), and it was widely published, and the reading public

commended me for the forthrightness of the said article. I gave

convincing reasons why Ekeukwu Owerri market should not be relocated,

as opposed to Governor Okorocha’s desire to do so. I equally proffered

solutions on how to untie the imbroglio. But most unfortunately,

another dimension has been added to the problem in order to force the

traders to perhaps surrender and vacate their shops at the Ekeukwu

Owerri market.

 

Honestly, I am in tears. It pains me. It worries me and it disturbs me

to see that Douglas road which is just beside Ekeukwu Owerri market

has been taken over by refuse, and the Imo State Government led by

Governor Rochas Okorocha has refused to do anything about it. If this

assertion is true, what then is leadership?

 

This is where the agency responsible for the evacuation of refuse in

Imo State comes in. I am talking about ENTRACO. It is most

disheartening that ENTRACO has refused to evacuate the mountainous

refuse on Douglas road despite repeated appeal for them to do so.

Whatever might be their reason for failing in this responsibility,

they have put the residents of Owerri in danger list. I am therefore

calling on Governor Rochas Okorocha to without further delay sack the

General Manager of Imo ENTRACO, Mr. Jeff Nwoha for his negligence to

duty.

 

Nevertheless, if Okorocha fails to sack him, the people of Imo State

will have no alternative than to hold him (Okorocha) responsible for

that eyesore on Douglas road.

 

Also, to be sacked for incompetence is the Commissioner for Health,

Barr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Njoku. It is most unfortunate that a trained

medical doctor was not considered as commissioner for Health. Rather,

a “Lawyer” was given that portfolio. No wonder, the so called “Lawyer”

could not advice Okorocha rightly on the health hazards posed by that

eyesore on Douglas road…………………… Tufiakwa.

 

The House Committee Chairman on Health and Sanitation at the Imo State

House of Assembly, Mr. Nkenna John Nzerue should be given hard knocks

on his empty skull for failing in his responsibilities. It is expected

that Speaker Acho Ihim will remove him as the chairman of the Health

and Sanitation Committee, for his incompetence.

 

The member representing Owerri Municipal Council at the Imo State

House of Assembly, Mr. Lugard Osuji should be blamed for failing to

call those responsible for disposal of refuse to do the needful.

 

Also, to be blamed for the refuse dump on Douglas road is the Church,

especially the Catholic Church. O yes, I am openly condemning the

Catholic Church leaders because they have refused to do anything about

the mountainous refuse on Douglas road, which is actually opposite St.

Paul’s Catholic Church. One had expected the church leaders to have

drawn the attention of Imo State Government on the threatening

epidemic, but they have chosen to be aloof and indifferent to the

eyesore that is opposite their church….JESUS MERE  HA  EBERE.

 

Finally, I am blaming the so called political leaders in the State,

especially those with Governorship ambitions. They have refused to say

anything concerning the refuse on Douglas road. This shameless

attitude has exposed these so called leaders as people who do not have

the welfare of the masses at heart.

 

The people of Imo State will therefore have no alternative than to

resort to self help. What do I mean? At this juncture, let me call on

Governor Rochas Okorocha to wave aside whatever that is inhibiting his

leadership from evacuating that eyesore of a refuse on Douglas road

and do the needful. People’s life is at stake. We cannot continue like

this.

 

However, if the State Government fails to order ENTRACO to remove the

refuse, I will have no alternative than to call on residents of Owerri

to not only protest against ENTRACO by carrying placards, but to also

come out in their thousands and dump refuse at their office.

 

LET SANITY RETURN IN IMO STATE.

 

I rest my pen.

 

Signed:

 

Citizen (Dr.) Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha FCAI, MKDA

Former Senior Special Assistant on Media

Former Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties

Imo State House of Assembly

Owerri – Imo State, Nigeria

3rd October, 2016.

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