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Blame Imo Assembly, Politicians, Religious Leaders For Owerri Refuse Dump

Rochas Okorocha, Gov Imo State
Posted: Oct 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

I have 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,” 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 mattitude 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.



By Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha 

Former Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties

Imo State House of Assembly

Owerri – Imo State, Nigeria

3rd October, 2016.