12 Oct 2016

In the wake of neglect and unconcerned attitude of government,Owerri group evacuates two-month old refuse in Imo

After nearly two months of public outrage over the festering refuse heaps on Douglas Road in Owerri, the Imo state capital, an Owerri socio-cultural group, Dozie-Mezie Owerre has finally evacuated the fetid mountain of garbage.
The clean-up was coordinated by representatives of the group who flew into the state from Abuja Monday, led by Messrs. Stanley Nkwazema and Tony Nwadike.
Nkwazema, who is the spokesman of Dozie-Mezie Owerre Worldwide, told our correspondent, “The refuse had become a serious threat to the lives of our kinsmen and an affront to decent society. We saw no need to wait any longer, which was why the leadership of Dozie-Mezie Owerre decided to do the needful.”
“We hire 13 dump trucks and three pay loaders for everyday we work on Douglas Road; but we had already concluded that cost was inconsequential when lives are at risk.”
However, jubilation rent the air around 11pm Tuesday night when Archbishop Anthony Obinna of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri visited Douglas Road to witness the ongoing refuse evacuation exercise.
Addressing the crowd, he said, “Immediately I learnt that help has finally come, I came out here to see for myself, to encourage you all and to particularly thank the Dozie-Mezie Owerre group for this great deed. We all agree that beyond being unsightly, the rubbish was a health hazard. Now at least, I will have a clear path to embark on my pastoral visits.”
The cleric, who also said prayers for everyone participating in the exercise, noted that Dozie-Mezie Owerre has shown that Owerri still has illustrious sons.
Meanwhile, efforts made by Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi, member representing Owerri Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives failed when his single pay loader broke down and some thugs attacked his truck drivers who were heading to the government dumpsite at Naze, forcing them to return the refuse to Douglas road.
Nkwazema explained that Dozie-Mezie Owerre had written to the State Police Commissioner and had secured their permission for the exercise.
Instead of taking the refuse to Naze, the Dozie-Mezie Owerre took it to a dumpsite along Onitsha road, Owerri, owned by the Owerri community, which was why they made unhindered progress.

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