Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has appealed to traders of Ogbete main market, Enugu for understanding and calm over the unfortunate incident of overflow of sewage from Enugu Prisons into the market, which poses health hazard to both the traders and the general public.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who made the appeal when he visited the sites at Enugu Prisons and the market to assess the level of damage caused by the incident, promised to intervene to provide a lasting solution to the spill-over.
He frowned at the development and sympathized with the traders and the public, informing them that what affects the people of the state also affects him, wondering why the incident was not brought to his notice for timely intervention, as the Chief Security Officer of the state.
The governor who also walked through market to appeal to the traders, said that the visit was necessitated by the need for him to see for himself and feel the pains the traders were experiencing and collaborate with the Prisons authorities to proffer permanent solution to the problem.
“May I sincerely apologise for this ugly incident. What affects you, also affects me as your Governor. The greatest objective of the government is to alleviate the sufferings of the people. I have come and I have seen what you people are passing through. Actions will start immediately to address this issue,” Ugwuanyi assured.
In his speech, the Controller of Prisons, Enugu State Command, Mr. Ifeanyi Amariri, thanked the Governor for the prompt visit, saying that the incident was as a result of over population of inmates in the prisons.
He regretted the inconveniences caused by the incident, noting the issue requires a holistic approach to tackle.
The Prisons Chief expressed optismism that the governor’s visit would go a long way to assist the command in finding a lasting solution to the menace of the sewage problem.
Reacting, the traders through the chairman of Ogbete Market Association, Hon. Tempo Udeh expressed joy over the show of concern by the governor and promised to cooperate the appropriate authorities to address the problem.