Gov. Chukwuma Soludo on Friday inaugurated a nine-member board for the Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA).
The Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Christian Aburime, disclosed this in a statement issued in Awka and also made available to newsmen on Friday.
The statement however added that Soludo urged residents to take ownership of the state waste management process.
He said that the participation of all players was crucial for the success of the board.
However, Soludo described waste management as critical in any society.
He also said that the primary responsibility of the board is to keep the state clean through appropriate regulation.
The governor also said that the mandate of the board also included the management of generation, collection, disposal, and processing of wastes.
However, He also said that the task would involve the recycling of waste back to wealth and licensing of operators.
“You are to interface with ministries and various organisations that generate waste to develop a sustainable system that works.
“Meanwhile, Open dumping of refuse should stop.
“It is my administration’s desire to fashion out enforcement mechanisms for the good of the state,” Soludo also said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also reports that membership of the board includes Dr Emma Ezenwaji as Chairman, and the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Collins Nwabunwanne.
Others are the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Felix Odimegwu, a representative of a community-based organisation, Prince Chris Azor, and representatives of the private sector, Mrs Ifeoma Ezeaku and Chief Emeka Aghasili.
The rest are the ASWAMA Managing Director, Mr Mike Ozoemena, and Prof. Ikemefuna Uzochukwu, representing the healthcare sector.