FCTA threatens 76 housing estates with sanction over sanitation

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has threatened to penalize estates in Abuja which fail to evolve self sustaining cleaning measures.

Briefing journalists on Tuesday, the newly appointed Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Shehu Baba said 10 out of the 86 estates in the Territory have developed reliable structures on waste evacuation, promising to penalize the 76 remnants that have defaulted.

According to him, the FCTA will by October stop cleaning the estates as a pop arrangement is underway to cede the cleaning of the estates to internal structure or mechanism.

He said the plan is part of the measures taken to keep the city clean.

Baba said the Board will establish three waste sorting sites in the Territory to make way for easy evacuation of all categories of wastes.

The site, according to him, the sites will facilitate sorting wastes so that those needed for recycling would be transported for such purpose while the biodegradable waste are discarded.

He said the AEPB under him will not tolerate street hawking and begging warning traders in the markets to restrict their businesses to the market and stop using street hawkers to sell them to avoid being arrested and fined.

The AEPB acting director revealed that the administration has already received an approval of 128 personnel from the FCT police command to support her security and enforcement drive in the city.

He therefore, cautioned residents and business premises to ensure they buy waste bins for waste collection and evacuation from their premises.

Failure to comply with this, he further warned, will attract the full wrath of the law to serve as deterrence to other business and private premises.

The new director also warned the city cleaning contractors; especially the five whom he said have been identified for lagging behind in terms of their contract, saying there will be no further tolerance of their neglect of duties.

This was as he called for continued support of the administration with information about areas that would need the attention and quick intervention of the Board.

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