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).
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
FCTA issues guidelines for reopening places of worship
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday, issued guidelines for the reopening of places of worship as recommended by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, said the resolution was reached at the end of meeting with religious leaders on Wednesday, June 3 2020.
Bello said the FCT administration recognised the importance of places of worship in social and cultural way of life.
He said that places of worship had equally been proven to be major sources of easy spread of the disease, therefore, it was imperative that all places of worship adhered very strictly to the guidelines.
He said that after extensive deliberations, the meeting agreed to adopt the guidelines as released by the PTF with regards to the reopening of places of worship in the FCT under the second phase of the ease of lockdown for the next four weeks.
” All places of worship must sign up to full compliance with all aspects of non- pharmaceutical interventions required to protect the public from COVID-19.
” All places of worship must ensure the supply of running water and soap or alcohol sanitisers at entry and exit points and in all high-contact locations including bathrooms.
” Worshippers must sanitise their hands before entry, Mosques and Churches must provide temperature checks before entry and every worshipper must ensure mandatory use of face masks, ” Bello said.
The minister strongly discourage all close contact including shaking hands, hugging, kissing, handing out of materials and sharing of worship implements including prayer mats, musical organs, microphones and the rest.
He noted that Churches and Mosques within the FCT should limit the capacity of their facilities to allow for physical distancing of at least two meters between persons.
Bello advised religious leaders to consider the use of floor and surface markings to guide distancing and also encourage people from same household to stay together.
According to him, the meeting agreed that churches are to open from 5a.m. and close by 8p.m. and each service shall be for a maximum of one hour with an interval of 30 minutes in between services to allow time for disinfection.
Similarly, Bello directed mosques to open 15 minutes before call to prayer and close 10 minutes after prayers for the five prayers.
” Volunteers providing support at places of worship should be limited to exact numbers needed and none should have an underlying medical condition or be above the age of 55 years.
” For Friday prayers, mosques in the FCT are to open 20 minutes before prayers and close 20 minutes after prayers. Total time for Friday prayers including sermons should not exceed one hour, ” he said.
FCTA minister says renovation of 12 PHCs will be completed soon
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has assured that ongoing renovation of 12 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities across its six Area Councils would be completed soon.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, gave the assurance at the flag off of sensitisation workshop for key stakeholders for the establishment of the community primary healthcare management system on Thursday in Abuja.
Represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, the minister said that FCTA provided special attention to matters that had direct impact on maternal and child health services.
Aliyu, who identified integrated healthcare delivery system as a key to socioeconomic development and progress of any nation, emphasised the need for active community participation.
She added that the administration had approved the implementation of the FCT-PHCB, 2019, and soon the FCT-PHCB with the Area Councils PHC governance structures would be established in line with the Act.
The minister, however, assured that a phased approach to fix them would be adopted.
“Health, which is a fundamental human right, requires PHC approach which allows for integrated care comprising preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services extending from “womb to tomb.
“As a matter of fact, Universal Health Coverage cannot be achieved without the involvement of the local community.
“To strengthen PHC leadership and governance, the administration approved the implementation of the FCT PHCB Act, 2019 and soon the FCT PHCB with the Area Councils PHC Governance structures will be established in line with the act,” Aliyu said.
Earlier in his remarks, Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, noted that community PHC management system was one of the essential principles of the primary healthcare scheme.
Kawu explained that with inter- sectoral collaboration and equity in distribution of resources, community health outcomes would be improved significantly.
On his part, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, Chairman, FCT Traditional Council of Chiefs, the Ona of Abaji, enjoined participants to come up with document that could be used by the administration that would lead to significant improvement in the primary healthcare sector.
Sanitation: FCTA issues 7 days ultimatum to illegal mechanics
after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Similarly, Attah said the second phase of the aggressive sanitation would begin from the NEPA junction to APO mechanic village, where illegal businesses had taken over great portions of the road, making it difficult for contractors to complete their work.
“This stakeholders meeting is to enable us interface with stakeholders who engage in one form of business or the other along the Apo road corridors, also known as Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX).
“The minister has given us a directive to reclaim all the road corridors, to allow contractors complete their jobs, and also allow the Abuja Environmental Protection Board officers beautify the place in accordance with Abuja master plan.
“We have given the affected people seven days ultimatum, because we want to put up a human face in carrying out the exercise.
“The minister had wanted us to start immediately due to his desire to complete all ongoing projects there as a legacy he will leave behind for residents of the nation’s capital,” he said.
The Director AEPB, Mr Baba Lawan, disclosed that the minister had selected seasoned professionals who formed an effective squad for the exercise.
Lawan warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the task force would move to the area, and whoever refused to vacate the place should not blame the administration.
He added that abandoned vehicles, furniture and every other thing left on the road corridors would be removed and seized.
COVID-19: South African-based firm donates palliatives to vulnerable in FCTA
A South African Real Estate Investment Company based in Nigeria, Novare, has donated palliatives to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to help vulnerable communities cushion the effect of COVID-19.
Head of Legal of the company, Mr Chineme Onuoma, while presenting the items on Monday in Abuja, assured that the company would continue to support the FCT and Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the items donated included 100 bags of 50kg rice, 245 cartons of indomie noddle, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 cartons of vegetable oil and 75 cartons of tomato paste .
He commended the steps taken by the administration to manage the pandemic in the territory.
Onuoma revealed that aside the provisions of palliatives to underserved communities, Novare had approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020 with the intention to extend if necessary for its tenants.
“Particularly those tenants providing non-essential services as described by the Federal Government.
“Each of Novare’s mall accommodates over 60 tenants, having Shoprite and Game as its anchor tenant, with over 600 direct employees and well over 2, 000 indirect employees in each mall, including suppliers of the different goods and products sold by the tenants at the mall.
“To ensure that jobs and livelihoods are protected, starting from those closest to it, Novare, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, has so far approved four months rent-free period, beginning from April 2020 to July 2020.
“The rent-free concession granted to tenants have helped to keep their various businesses afloat, thus alleviating the financial burden on these tenants.
“This financial assistance enables the tenants to channel the income they generate to payment of staff salaries and sustaining their respective supply chains.
“This effectively reduces unemployment, which would have been the consequence if tenants were unable to survive this period,” Onuoma said.
He also stated that the firm had expressed commitment to observe all laid down protocols by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on the prevention of the spread of the virus particularly within its facilities and to educate and sensitize the public in line with government directives.
Receiving the items, FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, commended the thoughtfulness of the firm especially in supporting the vulnerable with palliative items.
COVID-19: Foundation partners FCTA to curtail spread
Hajia Amina Abdulrahman, the Director of Planning and Research for the foundation made the request during the donation of 1,500 pieces of facemasks to the administration on Friday in Abuja.
Abdulrahman said that the 19 northern states of the federation had so far benefited from the philanthropic gesture the foundation was rendering to Nigerians to put a smile on their faces.
“Our board of directors and advisory council deemed it fit that we should contribute to the fight against this pandemic in the 19 northern states and the FCT; this is to augment what they have done by adding our own.
“This is what informed our mission to partner the FCTA in the fight against this virus through this contribution in our own little way,” she said.
According to her, when the time is right, the foundation will think of other ways to help the economy and help people get back in terms of recovering by levering on what the foundation does most.
Receiving the items, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr Mohammed Kawu appreciated the donation.
According to Kawu, government alone at all levels cannot fight against the struggle to curtail the fight on COVID-19 without the tangible contributions from well-meaning Nigerians.
Kawu said that the donation of the facemasks would go a long way to curtail the spread of the virus, adding that the donation would be put to meaningful use by the secretariat.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Interstate Lockdown: FCTA arrests 74 violators, impounds 3 buses
The Federal Capital Territory Administration’s (FCTA) Ministerial Task Team on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Restrictions has arrested 74 persons travelling through the city to other parts of the country.
The Chairman of the task team, Mr Ikharo Attah, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
Attah also revealed that the team had earlier arrested a bus driver, James Adegbe while travelling from Kaduna to Kogi state.
“Among those arrested are 17 passengers who were travelling on a Trailer from Warri in Delta state to Zaria in Kaduna state.
“Nine passengers in a Hyundai Bus going from Gwagwalada to Katsina, and a Trailer going from Aba to Kano state with six passengers were also arrested.
“Also, a Hummer bus with 18 passengers from Warri to Zaria and another Hummer bus with 10 passengers from gwagwalada to Ibadan,” Attah said.
He said that the team had also impounded three buses, adding that Presiding Magistrate at the Mobile Court in Zuba, Ebiwari Damini, convicted both the drivers and the passengers.
Attah said that the magistrate also punished a driver who had been previously convicted for violating the rules.
“The driver was arrested, arraigned, fined and returned to Kaduna state. He turned back that same night and still found his way to Kogi state.
“Today again he was arrested travelling with a bus-load of passengers from Lokoja to Kaduna. The Magistrate fined him N10, 000 which is double of his previous fine.
“He also ruled that his vehicle be impounded at the Abuja Environment Protection Board Enforcement Head office at Area 3, Garki”, Attah explained.
According to him, those apprehended were travelling in two trucks and seven other buses.
He said that the administration was worried that the number of interstate travelers attempting to enter or pass through the FCT seems to be on the increase daily.”
He therefore called on state governments to tighten their own end by ensuring interstate travellers are not allowed to move with ease.
“Sadly, some of those arrested here do not seem to understand why we are arresting them. This, I believe is because they now see it as normal because of where they are coming from.
“This is a Presidential Order and we must obey it to the letter until the ban is lifted,” Attah said.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
COVID-19: Cadbury, PWC donate palliatives items to FCTA
Cadbury Nigeria PLC and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), on Thursday donated assorted palliative items to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) food bank to help the vulnerable people during the current lockdown.
Mr Ladi Sonuga, the Territorial Commercial Manager, North West, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, presented the items to the FCT Administration in Abuja, as part of measures to curb the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the items donated by Cadbury Nigeria Plc include 500 cartons of Bournvita beverage, while PWC donated 600 bags of 10kg rice, 300 cartons of indoomie and 42 cartons of vegetable oil.
She stressed the need for a concerted efforts to sustain the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Sonuga revealed that the lockdown announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, had severely hampered operational efficiency of most companies.
“The lockdown implemented by almost all the states in the country, as well as specific lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT announced by President Muhammadu Buhari, has severely hampered operational efficiency,” he said.
For his part, the spokesman of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Mr Tolu Adeleke, also thanked government at all levels in the battle against the pandemic, stressing that PWC had supported government efforts at different strata.
Adeleke called on the authorities of the FCT administration to judiciously distribute the items to underserved communities in the territory.
Represented by the Director of Human Resource Management of FCTA, Malam Mohammed Bashir, Aliyu stressed that all hands must be on deck in the battle against the dreaded disease.
The minister noted that the items would in no small measure assist the administration to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide (NAN)
COVID-19: FCTA supports traditional rulers with medical items
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Primary Healthcare Board has supported 17 chiefs with hand and respiratory hygiene materials and noncontact digital infra-red thermometer.
Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
The minister presented the medical items to the Agaba of Jiwa kingdom, Alhaji Idris Musa.
Aliyu said that the support was to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in view of the large number of people that visit the palaces of traditional rulers to seek counselling.
Aliyu, who said that community spread of COVID-19 was no more in doubt, stressed the need for traditional institutions to continue sensitisation of activities at the community level.
“The response from the primary healthcare sector fits into the community response too.
“They are all represented here. The response may appear belated but it has to take a lot of planning and focused strategic activities to ensure that we work together as a team and reactivate that partnership that can make things to happen.
“Prevention and control are very critical particularly hands and respiratory hygiene and using noncontact infra-red digital thermometer that could help us to detect some of the major symptoms of the disease known as COVID-19.
“The community spread of the virus is no more in doubt, it is very obvious that it’s ongoing. The traditional institutions are the custodian of sensitisation and mobilisation of activities in the community level.
“And without you being protected, going by the number of meetings you are going to hold, for advice and counselling, there is need to protect yourselves as frontline workers.
“In response to this critical observation, the administration has approved PPE to the 17 graded chiefs that will protect and aid surveillance.
“We are here with infra-red digital thermometer, hand sanitizers, face masks and buckets. This will go a long way to strengthen our partnership.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the traditional rulers, Musa stressed that with the support, traditional rulers would have a sense of belonging.
The monarch urged the FCT Primary Health Care Board to work as a team, even as he tasked them to tap from the knowledge of the traditional rulers.
“This is what we have been seeing in other states. First, let me commend the FCT Minister of State for presenting these items so that it will go round to all the graded chiefs.
“I am happy as a representative of northern traditional rulers in the FCT. It is what we have being waiting for.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
FCTA decries indiscriminate waste disposal
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has decried the indiscriminate manner in which developers dump renovation materials and wastes on Right of Way in the territory.
The Director, Department of Monitoring And Inspection, FCTA, Mr Olawale Labiyi said this in a statement by Mrs Josie Mudasiru, Head, Public Relations Unit of the department, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Labiyi said that the indiscriminate disposal of renovation wastes was unacceptable because it would have an adverse effect on the city’s infrastructure.
The director advised developers to contain their renovation materials and wastes within the boundaries of their plots.
He explained that there was a clause in the conveyance letter of approval, either for renovation, or a new construction that mandates developers to limit their working materials and wastes within their plots.
Labiyi said it has become worrisome as some developers are cutting deep underground, which can lead to cross connection of storm and in some cases, it can leak into water supply lines, which can lead to contamination of water and thereby could cause water borne diseases.
He added that unwholesome practices were also over stretching the capacity of the treatment plant.
Labiyi also said that blocking walk ways with renovation wastes can block infrastructure such as liquid waste, solid waste, and storm water manhole.
He added that people should appreciate the huge resources government had spent to provide these infrastructures.
He, therefore, urged them to desist from acts that would lead not only to its decay, but could also affect the health of residents.
This, according to him, people should ensure they dispose of their wastes in the bins provided by Abuja Environmental Protection Board to avoid prosecution by mobile courts.
Edited By: Franca Ofili/Felix Ajide (NAN)
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