The FCT Administration has commenced the massive intervention in the evacuation of solid waste thrown on the median, along the roads of Nyanya, Karu and Jikwoyi, suburbs of Abuja.
The intervention is sequel to the directive of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, on Monday to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to immediately clear all the refuse heaped on the median of the major road traversing Nyanya, Karu to Jikwoyi.
Speaking during the operation, the Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Omolola Olanipekun, reiterated that the AEPB had to come in on the instructions of the Minister to immediately clear all the refuse heaped on the road median.
The Director, however, advised the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to wake up to their responsibility by regularly clearing the garbage to avoid this kind of ugly situation in the future that may warrant this kind of intervention.
Her words: “AMAC has not woken up to its responsibility of promptly evacuating several tons of refuse being generated in the suburbs on daily basis which has caught the attention of the FCT Administration”.
Mrs. Olanipekun emphasized that the intervention has become necessary to prevent any outbreak of avoidable epidemic.
“The instruction of the Minister this morning is to make the entire place clean and decent and that we must achieve as soon as possible,” she stressed.
The Director also seized the opportunity to advise the residents of the areas to assist the authorities by not throwing their refuse anywhere but by properly packaging them in waste bags for easy collection and disposal.
According to her, the waste bags will not only hasten the collection process but would also make the job neater for everybody.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Monday, January 23, 2017.