Even in the face of anger and rage, Anambra youths have shown their loyalty and patriotism by cleaning the streets of Awka after the recent protests in some parts of the state, that led to burnt tyres and other debris littering the streets.
The ‘Let’s Clean Awka’ initiative was championed by Tripple Three Media and some progressive youths.
The exercise kicked off from Dr. Alex Ekwueme square, Awka, to House of Assembly junction by Enugu-Onitsha express road , Arroma junction, Government house, Regina Ceali junction, UNIZIK junction and Eke Awka round about.
The youths were seen sweeping and carting away debris especially burnt tires and keeping the debris at strategic places to be evacuated later.
Speaking to the ABS, the leader of the group Mr Ifeanyichukwu Izundu said they decided to clean up the rubbish to return Awka to its normal look and also to help residents of the city to leave the events of the last few days behind and move on with their lives.
Mr Izundu appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to harken to the yearnings of the youths to ensure lasting peace .
He reminded the youths of the need to stop destruction of lives and property, and said that being violent will cause more harm than good. Mr Izundu noted that the properties some people are destroying (government and individually owned) are to the disadvantage of every one.
On her part, another youth Miss Chinelo Umeokafor said that she saw the ‘let’s Clean Awka’ promo online and decided to join as according to her, she is an indigene of the state and must contribute her quota towards the good of the state.
She appreciated Govetnor Obiano for the institution of a judicial panel of enquiry to look into the alleged extra judicial killings by the defunct SARS and police brutality saying that it is a right step in the right direction.
She called on the youths to calm down and give government time to work on their demands expressing optimism that Anambra state government will not disappoint the youths.