The Ministry of Environment was established in Enugu State in 2004. The overall sector vision of the ministry is to actualize sustainable ecosystem that will enhance human and economic development of the state in line with the 4 point agenda of governor Chime’s administration. In addition, the ministry is to improve on the beauty and aesthetics of the physical environment and adequate protection of the ecosystem and effectively marriage solid wastes in the state. From the crude method of waste disposal and management it inherited, the ministry introduced a modern scientific approach to refuse collection, disposal and solid waste management.
In collaboration with other department and agencies under the ministry articulated programmes and projects for the promotion of regular environmental sanitation and pollution control in Enugu state . In 2007, more than 15 waste disposal compactors and over one hundred dumpsters were procured and deployed in all parts of the state capital and Nsukka Urban.
The Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) an establishment under the ministry also introduced monthly sanitation exercise and street by street collection of refuse on daily basis. In 2011, government truck delivery of 285 refuse bin holding pad, built 283 conventional refuse bin slabs and fire motorized bin slabs in major urban roads in the state capital and Nsukka. Presently government procured ten new refuse compacts trucks yet to be deployed to enhance refuse collection and disposal in the state Apart from refuse collection and disposal the ministry has encouraged community forest reserves, urban beautification and establishment of waste recycling project with all these facilities in place and with the corporation of the residents. Just recently, the Enugu State Government approved the contract worth over there hundred and twenty two million for the purchase of earth moving equipment for the State Waste Management Authority. The approval for the award of the contract was given by the State Governor; Mr. Sullivan Chime in Enugu.
Briefing the press at the end of the council meeting, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr, Chuks Ugwoke said that items to be purchased included three tippers, two bulldozers and pail loaders each.
According to Mr. Ugwoke, the decision to purchase the equipment was in keeping with the resolve of the Chime administration to ensure and maintain a very clean and healthy environment in the state and check the amount spent in hiring these equipment in the past. With all these in place, Enugu State is gradually assuming the position as one of the cleanest city in the South East Nigeria.