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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has released the
sum of N76.5 million being its counterpart fund for the execution of
various projects in the Territory by Japanese government as grant to
Nigeria, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello dropped this hint while
receiving a delegation of JICA in Nigeria led by its Country Senior
Representative, Mr. Hiroshi Kodama in his office.
The Minister said that N46.5 million out of the N76.5 million is
counterpart funding for integrated solid waste management system in
the Federal Capital Territory under the Abuja Environmental Protection
Board (AEPB).
Malam Bello revealed that the balance of N30 million is to serve as
its share for the water sub-sector projects including metering of
water consumers in the FCT; saying that the project would greatly
reduce water leakages on the main trunk line.
The Minister said it was very important for the city to have a
comprehensive waste management system that would be in place for the
benefits of all residents.
Thus, he stated that the FCTA is working to expand access to the
dumpsites and also create more access roads into the sites so that the
refuse disposal trucks can go in simultaneously from three different
entry points.
According to him, this will ensure that waste is properly disposed at
the dumpsites.
He lamented that the absence of enough entering points to site has
made some trucks to dispose wastes on the site indiscriminately.

The Minister also harped on the need for waste to be properly sorted
in the Federal Capital Territory for recycling and other purposes,
thereby improving their economic values; adding that waste is wealth.
His words: “It is very clear that for us to achieve proper waste
management in the city, we have to have a system of sorting that will
clearly differentiate between the plastics, glasses, metals, the soft
waste that you can make into biomass as well as the other solid
wastes. This as you know, we don’t have in the system.”
Malam Bello expressed the desire of the FCT Administration to also
partner with JICA on waste management in the FCT Area Councils and
satellite towns; saying it would serve as blueprint for practical
waste management system in the entire Territory.
“In the satellite towns, the waste is just being dumped on the streets
in the water drainage systems. I have tried for the last eight weeks
to move round the satellite towns to work on public awareness, to
explain that you don’t just pick your waste and put it in the
drainages. The municipal agents are not collecting it and the waste is
just solidifying and piling up on the drainage system. Then the rains
come, the drains are over flooded,” he added.
The Minister thanked JICA for the solar powered project it is carrying
out at the Lower Usuma Dam water treatment plants; stressing that it
is a big relief to the Administration.
“We spend a lot of money to buy diesel for the generators there, since
they have to work for 24 hours. If we can get some relief by using the
solar system, that is a welcome development,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the JICA Country Senior Representative, Mr. Hiroshi
Kodama noted that JICA has several knowledge and skills particularly
in the area of agriculture that it is willing to share with the people
of the FCT.
Mr. Kodama recalled that last year; JICA organized a workshop in
Gwagwalada on rice cultivation technology especially on improved
parboiling technology aimed at improving the quality of rice
production in the Territory.
His words: “For the farmers, we at JICA have a new marketing
technology that we call SHEP, which stands for Small Holder
Horticulture Empowerment Project. In that project, we develop a model
of marketing by farmers so that they can start marketing their
products and become better traders”.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Thursday, April 28, 2016.

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