Peeved by the poor sanitary condition of Umuahia streets, particularly the Isigate Area of the state capital, the women of Assemblies of God 5/7 Item Street Umuahia, Abia State, at the weekend embarked on voluntary sanitation exercise.
The women were observed at Isigate in their numbers cleaning up the gutters and evacuating the refuse dumped indiscriminately around the city centre.
Overflowing refuse dumps which pose some health hazards have been a source of worry in Umuahia as the Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA) appears overwhelmed.
There has been public outcry over the health risks posed by the poor sanitary condition of the state capital in the recent times as ASEPA has continued to complain of lack of funds and receptacle trucks.
Speaking with newsmen during the sanitation exercise, the coordinator of the women and the wife of the Senior Pastor of the church, Rev. Mrs. Sandra Emelike, said they were motivated because of their love for God and society.
She said: “God hates sin and dirty environment, so we decided to help clean-up our environment to demonstrate to the people that God wants our society sanitised in line with our theme ‘the sanitised woman’”.
Adding her voice, the Secretary, Engr. Mrs. Akachukwu Uwaga, said they wanted to complement government’s efforts in keeping the state capital clean for a better health of residents.