Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has employed no fewer than 1000 jobless youths to clean up the state under the Enugu Clean Team Project.
Inaugurating the scheme at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi said that the project was in keeping with his administration’s vision and promise to create a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for the people of the state.
The governor said that the project will not only help reduce the risk of epidemics and other health hazards but will also help to improve the aesthetic outlook of the state, saying: “we are indeed hopeful that the project will help us achieve our aspiration of making Enugu the cleanest state in the country”.
According to him, the project is in line with the state government’s roadmap for generating employment and creating avenues to engage the teeming population of youths in the development process of the state.
“Accordingly, 1000 Enugu State youths have been recruited to participate in the project. This vision had also guided the creation of other youth development and empowerment schemes that are already being implemented in the state.”
Governor Ugwuanyi promised that the state government will continue to provide the team with the necessary equipment and other enablers that will it function effectively, the governor charged the newly recruited youths to approach their duties with patriotic diligence and commitment for the full actualization of the initiative.
The governor said that the task of keeping the environment clean should not be left to government agencies alone, urging residents, institutions and private agencies to join hands in ensuring a clean and healthy environment.
Earlier in his address, the Coordinator of Enugu Clean Team Project, Rev. Fr. Michael Amobi Ogbu expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for initiating the project and sustaining it thus far, disclosing that “we have been equipped with the needed paraphernalia for the project’s take-off, functioning effectively and efficiently”.
He added that members of the team have been trained and devoted to daily sanitation at their duty posts “on individual basis and collectively on weekends”, declaring: “There is no going back in the inner drive for “A Cleaner and Healthier Enugu State.”