The government of Imo State has bagged the prestigious Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP) ‘Green City Promoters Awards’ for its remarkable commitment to cleanliness, greenery, beautification, energy efficiency and smart construction in the state.
The award was presented to Imo state Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha during the maiden edition of the NITP National Green Cities Summit in Abuja, themed: “Brown to Green: Enhancing Wellness and Livability.”
The forum, which was part of the sectorial support on the country’s resolve to tackle the menace of climate crisis attracted local and international organizations, representatives of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of Federal, State, and Local Governments, manufacturing/industrial concerns, multi-lateral agencies, professional associations, consultants and civil society organizations.
The chairman, National Green Cities Summit, Moses Ogunleye, said Ihedioha has shown substantial commitment to the promotion of greenery in major cities of the state since his assumption of office few months ago.
Ihedioha who was represented by his Special adviser on Sanitation and General Manager, Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission - ENTRACO, Hon. Alex Emeziem Jnr, said the major focus in Imo state is to reclaim the green land by planting 25 million palm and trees, 20 million palm and 5 million trees respectively.
He said plans have been concluded to develop its nursery so that they would not be buying trees and seedlings.
“We have planted 7,000 trees in less than 100 days in office and we are still planting. We are focused on what we want to achieve and we have employed not fewer than 350 gardeners to carry out this task,” he said.
Emeziem who was one of the discussants alongside the revered environmentalist that planned Abuja’s tree planting noted that rapid urbanization, expansion of manufacturing, and the consumption of an emerging middle class has led to an increase in material demand.
Though six cities won the award, but Owerri the capital city of Imo state came first as shortlisted.
Media department, Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission - ENTRACO