The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), has warned members of the public to desist from converting bus stops, pedestrian bridges and market places to public toilets.
Mr Muktar Ibrahim, the Head of Information and Outreach, AEPB gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ibrahim, who described such the act as an eyesore, said the prevalent issues of open defecation was becoming too alarming in the nation’s capital and, therefore, advised people to desist from it.
“Unfortunately, there are environmental vices which people are engaging in like open defecation, turning public facilities into private usage and this is something that the government is not taking it lightly.
“You will remember that President Muhammadu Buhari even declared a state of emergency recently on water and sanitation so, we will continue to emphasise and sensitise the public against the hazards of open defecation.
“You can imagine how people can turn bus stops, walkways and other public facilities to conveniences which is not proper, “ he said.
According to him, most of the sicknesses affecting the public can be traced to such practices by the members of the public.
Ibrahim said that the agency monitoring team was working 24 hours to ensure that the image of Abuja was maintained.
“We will keep monitoring and arresting those who contravene the law and we will keep sensitising the public on the kind of hazards such kind of activities constitute, “ he said.
He advised that public places such as plazas, banks, petrol stations among others were accessible to people for use whenever they are pressed.
The AEPB official also condemned the activities of petty traders who had converted pedestrian bridges to market places across the nation’s capital.
Meanwhile, a civil servant, Mr Victor Esin, told NNN that some bus stops in Abuja were no longer comfortable for passengers waiting for vehicles.
Esin, however, attributed the situation to lack of public toilet facilities in some strategic places in the FCT.
He, therefore, pleaded with the authority of the FCT to look into such challenges even as he described the act by the public as an eyesore to visitors in the FCT.