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Children’s Day: Government Cancels May 2023 Sanitation Exercise


The Anambra State Government has made the decision to cancel the monthly sanitation exercise for May 2023, according to a statement released by Mr. Mike Ozoemena, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA). The cancellation comes as an effort to allow the children of Anambra State to participate in the annual Children’s Day celebration, which coincides with the scheduled date of the sanitation exercise.

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Traditionally held on the last Saturday of every month, the sanitation exercise aims to promote cleanliness and ensure the proper disposal of waste in the state. However, in a bid to prioritize the involvement of children in the nationwide Children’s Day celebration, the state government has decided to forgo the sanitation exercise for May.

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Children’s Day, celebrated across Nigeria on May 27th each year, provides an opportunity to honor and appreciate the nation’s younger generation. By canceling the sanitation exercise, the government aims to create an inclusive environment where children can actively participate in the festivities alongside their peers from other states.

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While the official sanitation exercise will not take place, residents of Anambra State are encouraged to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings. They are advised to engage in personal efforts such as cleaning their immediate environment, clearing water channels, and properly packaging their waste for collection by the state’s waste management contractors. This approach ensures that despite the cancellation of the formal exercise, the state remains clean and well-managed.


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The decision by the Anambra State Government reflects its commitment to prioritizing the well-being and participation of its young residents. By allowing children to fully engage in Children’s Day celebrations, the government sends a message of inclusivity and recognition of the importance of youth in the community.


As the cancellation takes effect, residents are reminded of their individual responsibilities to maintain cleanliness and hygiene standards. By actively contributing to the cleanliness of their surroundings, residents can support the government’s efforts to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for all.


As Anambra State prepares to celebrate Children’s Day, the cancellation of the May 2023 sanitation exercise serves as a reminder of the government’s dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community, where the well-being and happiness of its youngest members are valued and celebrated.

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