Published On: Tue, May 16th, 2017

Sanitation: FCTA ups cleaning, greening of Abuja

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello

Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) have upped the cleaning and greening of Nnamdi Airport Road corridor of the nation’s capital city, in addition to other initiatives aimed at improving the sanitary outlook of the Territory.
To ensure accelerated sanitation and beautification of the Airport Road corridor, which is one of the major entry points into the capital city, the FCT Administration encouraged major businesses on the axis to clean and green sections of the road as part of their social responsibility service to the Territory.
Taking newsmen on inspection tour of the road, the Acting Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Hajya Safiya Umar, noted that the Malam Muhammad Musa Bello’s-led FCTA intends to make the Airport Road corridor a lasting sightseeing attraction zone.
She disclosed that in addition to the involvement of companies with business interest along the road, the FCT Administration has engaged the services of a private firm to plant grass and flowers on both flanks of the road corridor not having business edifices around.
According to her, the exercise is in line with the FCT Minister’s promise to halt the derailing sanitary outlook of the Territory, by promoting the culture of cleaning and greening the streets of the capital city.
Similarly, Acting Director of AEPB, Olanipekun Oluwatoyin said the initiative is part of measures at ensuring sustenance of best sanitation standard in the FCT.
She revealed that the AEPB officials have adopted innovative ways of clearing dirt and other environmental nuisances around major markets, AirPort road and Onex expressway respectively, which is a clear indication that FCTA is not resting on its bid to ensure the sustenance of innovations in waste management in FCT.
In particular, the AEPB boss stated that to ensure for prompt collection and evacuation of refuse, for the first time, high capacity mobile waste container trucks were purchased and stationed at strategic places within the Territory, which has helped to reduce dumping of wastes along the streets.
She added that the FCTA is working in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on ‘integrated solid waste management project’ in Life Camp, which is expected to be replicated across the FCT, in order to encourage sorting of waste in the Territory.
Commenting on issues of funding, Oluwatoyin assured that there would be improved funding of environmental activities, given that the nation is getting out of economic recession, even as she revealed increased allowances for AEPB officials.
Stressing the need to sensitize the public on the ongoing initiative aimed ensuring a cleaner and greener capital city, she enjoined residents to always keep their environment clean, by taking advantage of available waste bins and collection centres, as part of their contribution to effectively rid the city of all environmental nuisances.

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