FCTA Dept. begins new waste evacuation system
By kabir Muhammad
Abuja, Feb. 4, 2019 (NNN) The FCT Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) has commenced a new system of evacuating waste from designated dump sites of sub-urban areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The STDD coordinator, Ishaku Yamawo disclosed on Monday after monitoring waste evacuation in Jikwoyi phase I and phase II dump sites, under Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that under the new scheme, the agency would handover waste evacuation to a contractor.
STDD will only play the role of monitoring the exercise to ensure more prompt action by stakeholders.
Yamawo, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Environment Olusegun Olusa, said the new arrangement was to mitigate any threat to residents’ health and promote their well-being.
He said that the agency’s action was sequel to a letter by the communities to STDD concerning the worrisome state of the dump sites.
According to him, the current mop up of the areas was an emergency one, aimed at paving way for the main exercise which will begin after the procurement processes are completed.
“We have started with the mop up operation, but as soon as the procurement processes are completed, the agency will have a contractor that will be evacuating the waste regularly, at least three times in a week,’’ he said.
The coordinator noted that though evacuation of garbage was the statutory job of area councils, the STDD had to wade in because of the slow pace at which the councils were carrying out the exercise.
He sought for the support of community leaders and members in the area of monitoring and putting in place sanitary guards to enforce compliance.
Yamawo appealed to the area council chairmen to ensure that their residents followed the sanitation guidelines.
One of the community leaders David Iya, who spoke on behalf of the residents, pledged their readiness to ensure that the new initiative stood the test of time.
Iya, who urged the government to evolve measures that will sustain the system, appealed to the department to make provisions for a permanent site for dumping of garbage by the community members. (NNN)
Edited by Nyisom Dore