By Stanley Onyekwere
To help bolster environmental hygiene, the FCT Administration has taken campaign against unethical waste disposal to residents in the nation’s capital city.
Our correspondent reports that the the FCTA through its Reform Coordination and Service Improvement Department (RCSI), yesterday staged a one-day road show campaign, aimed at creating awareness and concerted action for the protection of environment.
The campaign tagged: ‘sensitisation campaign on unethical disposable of waste in the FCT’, which kicked off from the popular Area1 Roundabout, through Area 10, UTC, Wuse market, Berger bus stop and the ever busy Jabi motor Park, terminated at Area 11, Garki.
Speaking during the show, the FCT Permanent secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola said relevant stakeholders have faulted the worrisome state of environment due to challenges arising from poor waste disposal by households and businesses operating within the FCT.
Adesola ,who was represented by a the Director Operations, Planning and Strategy in the office of the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Samuel Atang, explained that FCTA through the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and other partners have been making efforts to ensure that all waste are been evacuated promptly.
According to him,” The FCT Administration cannot work in isolation but needs the support of the residents to make the city clean for people to live and enjoy.
“Good health and well – being is a function of clean environment, which is a part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 to be achieved in 2030 and a healthy environment is the principal vehicle for achieving the global”.
Convener of the campaign and Acting Director of RCSI, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu said the initiative was long overdue considering the frequent reports about some residents converting public facility to waste dump.
“This campaign is long overdue because at the FCT call centre, we receive several complaints from some residents over unethical disposable of waste, the campaign will also instil into people the habit of waste recycling.
“We are going round the city today to ensure that residents understand how to dispose waste, clean environment will improve residents’ health and well-being, dirty environment can lead to disease outbreak, if waste are dispose properly we won’t have health and environmental challenges” she said.