The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has set two months deadline for all estates in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to put up a proper structure for self- collection of waste they generate, as part of new initiative towards ensuring a coordinated effort at managing waste disposal in their respective environment.
Consequently, the residents in estates have part of this month (September) and by October ending to comply; by to forming neighbourhood associations or groups, to come up with levy system for payment of services to be provided by AEBP’s licensed companies as well ensure that there are approved waste bins in front of their houses.
According to the Acting Director of the Board, Baba Lawan Shehu, who disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen, during a stakeholders meeting with residents in Estates within the Territory , at the weekend, said the directive when complied with, would ensure proper disposal of waste generated in estates, in the Territory.
He said currently out of the 86 estates on the AEPB’s list, only 10 have a structure in place, to clean their environment, while AEPB does the cleaning for others, who lack structures to do so.
“It’s been quite a tasking job for us to properly clean other areas in the city and as clean a total of 76 estates within the city. So we are devolving the powers we have in the cleaning of the city, for them to now take over.
“Generally the city is still concessioned properly, but we want the estates to take the responsibility of waste collection and disposal in their environment, so they would now be engaged in self-cleaning, which is quite remarkable.
“We are giving them deadline of two months to comply- that’s part of this month (September) and by October ending, all estates should have put a proper structure to levy their residents properly.
“This is the reason why we call the stakeholders, so as to sensitise and adequately inform them on the new initiative; in order for them to fully key into what the Board is doing to clean up the city,” he stressed.
Although most of the stakeholders at the meeting described the initiative as a welcome development in the quest to clean up Abuja, they however complained that the time for compliance with the directive was rather short, as there is still need for more awareness on the initiative.
To this end, they made a passionate appeal for extension of the deadline, to allow for adequate sensitization of residents on the new comprehensive self-waste collection initiative in estates in the Territory.
Meanwhile, the multi-sectorial Task Force set up by the FCTA has intensified its crackdown on okada (motorcycle) riders and keke (tricycle) operators within the Federal Capital City (FCC).
Addressing city cleaning stakeholders at the weekend, the Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Council and Vice Chairman of the Task Force, Reuben Okoya, reminded all okada riders and operators of keke that it is illegal for them to operate within the FCC.
He listed the areas where okada are totally banned from operating as Abuja Capital City Centre and all its allied estates, districts, towns, quarters and settlements as well as along all Abuja City’s major entry/exit expressways such as the Airport Road including Umaru Yar’Adua Expressway and Bill Clinton Drive.
Other areas where the motorcycles are banned include the Zuba-Kubwa-City Centre Expressway; the Nnamdi Azikiwe Ring Road; all the towns, settlements, estates villages in and around Asokoro, Guzape, Nyanya-Karu-Kugbo-AYA Express road.
Also covered by the okada restriction are Karu and Nyanya under Bridge, Durumi, Lokogoma, Galadimawa roundabout, Duboyi, Kaura, Mbora, Wuye, Utako, Jabi, Jahi, Mabushi and Dako all within the capital city radius.
Similarly, the ban on Keke NAPEP remains in force in the city metropolis including the whole of Garki, Wuse, Asokoro, Maitama, Jabi, Gwarinpa, Utako, Durumi, Lokogoma and Apo, except within big estates where they may be permitted to ply by the estate managers.
“All concerned are hereby informed that keke are not allowed to operate within the Federal Capital City. As a matter of fact, they are only allowed to operate within the satellite towns and big estates (provided that the estate owners or managers agree with them),” he stressed.