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A’ Ibom emerges cleanest state in Africa

By Isaac Job

Akwa Ibom has been listed as the cleanest state in Africa by an online website that tracks environmental and tourism issues tagged ‘Inside Africa ‘

In the latest publication christened ” Top African Cleanest Cities, 2022″ Akwa Ibom was the only state in Nigeria mentioned as the cleanest.

Speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Monday, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Research and Documentation Hon Essien Ndueso said the report was
cementing the state’s already well-known status as “Nigeria’s Cleanest State, as well as the Nation’s Best Kept Secret.”

He said the report listed Kigali, the Rwandan Capital as a top African Cleanest City alongside, Cape Town, South Africa, Tunis, Tunisia, Port Luis, Mauritius, Johannesburg, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Kumasi, Ghana, Gaborone, Botswana. Dares Salaam, Tanzania, and Windhoek, Namibia.

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He disclosed that the listing of Akwa Ibom State in the report was a manifestation of the great developmental strides, especially in tourism and infrastructure, and the huge resources expended by Governor Udom Emmanuel led- administration in preserving the environment and making the state livable and free of environmental hazards.

His words: “The efforts of the government in this regard, saw the earlier conferment of the award by Clean Up Nigeria, last year on the state as Nigeria’s cleanest State, an award that was received by Prince Akpan Ikim, the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA) which, was later presented to Governor Emmanuel on December 20th, last year, during an enlarged State Executive Council Meeting, by the Sir, Charles Udoh, the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals.

“The State has consistently won for five years in a row, the award as the nation’s cleanest state.”

He explained that the state is the Nation’s most preferred choice for conferences, retreats, seminars and other major events and only recently, a multi-billion dollars drainage project measuring more than 10 kilometres was constructed in the State capital as part of Governor Emmanuel’s policy to keep the State safe for investments to thrive.

” With Ibom Air, the award-winning airline, and the first of such an airline owned by a subnational in Africa, dominating the Nigerian aviation industry, coupled with a peaceful, safe and secure environment, a rich range of cuisines and a great and hospitable people, Akwa Ibom State continues to symbolize what the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, (GCON) said recently at the flag-off of the Presidential Campaign as everything that Nigeria should be,” he said.

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