- Clean-Up Nigeria has ranked Akwa Ibom state as the cleanest in the country in 2019 with 68%
- The FCT followed closely as the second cleanest in the country with 66%
- Clean-UP Nigeria, however, said Akwa Ibom is the cleanest state while FCT is the cleanest city
Akwa-Ibom state, one of the states in the south-south geopolitical zone, has emerged the cleanest state in the country in 2019, according to the ranking by Clean-Up Nigeria.
Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, occupied the second position in the cleanliness ranking, trailing Akwa Ibom by two percent.
Clean-Up Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, said the ratings were submitted by the National Technical Study Group (NTSG), The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Akwa Ibom state topped the ranking with 68% while Abuja followed with 66%.
The coordinator of the NTSG, Ene Baba Owoh, noted that the report covered January 2018 to December 2019.
The NTSG said its results showed that Akwa Ibom is the cleanest state for 2019 while the FCT emerged the cleanest city.
In 2019, the sacked governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, stated the determination of his administration to make the state the cleanest in the federation.
The sacked governor who spoke at the Government House, Owerri, on Wednesday, July 17 during the inauguration of the panning, sensitization and implementation committee for the July, 2019 clean-up exercise, said the health of the state's citizens was threatened by the unhealthy environment.
He said that between 2008 and 2011, the state was adjudged the cleanest in the country by the federal ministry of environment.
He decried that in the past 8 years, the state had become one of the dirtiest.
Ihedioha has, however, been sacked as the Supreme Court declared Hope Uzodinma as the validly elected governor of Imo state.
Also in 2019, a civil society group, Concerned And Patriotic Citizens’ (C&PAC) tasked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state to produce Africa's “own Dubai” in the state.
The group during a peaceful public rally held in Lagos also enjoined Lagosians to be patient and avoid choking the governor with external stress, unfounded curiosity and unproductive criticisms.
In a statement signed by the national president of C&PAC, Jacob Oladayo, the group said, since the inception of Nigeria's democracy, Lagos state has enjoyed the leadership of great men.
Oladayo said these leaders - Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola and now Babjide Sanwo-Olu - have always rekindled the hopes of a prosperous Lagos state and Nigeria in general.
He said Lagosians lack accurate words to describe these governors' leadership since 1999 till date.
Oladayo said the C&PAC had observed that Sanwo-Olu's first steps in less than 30 days are encouraging, very promising and, exciting in the direction of a leader who has focus, an agenda and a destination.
He said the Lagos state governor will be turning the state into the Dubai of Africa in just a few months.
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