FCT MINISTER RE-ORGANIZES ABUJA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BOARD …Establishes more Dumpsites to ease waste Management.
The FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed has approved the re-organization of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and appointed Mr. Baba Shehu Lawan as the new acting Director.
The Minister made this known during the Bi-weekly FCT Operational Briefing Session (OBS) in Gwarinpa I District (Life-Camp), Abuja
Until his appointment, the new acting Director of AEPB was a Deputy Director, Parks and Tree Maintenance in the Department of Parks and Recreation of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC).
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister Mohammad Sule, The re-organization has affected the former acting Director, Mrs. Aisha Adebayo; three Deputy Directors and one Assistant Director who were redeployed out of the Board.
As part of the re-organization, Bala Mohammed also directed the new management team of the AEPB to immediately organize a Town Hall Meeting with the stakeholders to address all the grey areas.
The Minister announced that plans were underway to urgently source for 3,000 plastic environmental waste bins to enhance solid waste management in the Federal Capital City.
On waste collection in estates around the Capital City, the Minister instructed the new management to liaise with the Estates Managers and residents to find ways of collaborating with such estates to collect wastes in order to take off such burden from the shoulders of the Abuja Environmental Board.
His words: “The FCT Administration has kick started implementation of policy of self-service of Housing Estates by Owners/Residents Association with a successful stakeholders meeting”.
The Minister further announced the establishment of additional dumpsites at Dutse Makaranta and Bwari to ease pressure on the existing Dumpsites thereby reducing the turnaround time of waste collection vehicles.
According to him, “we have taken effective possession of the Gudu Waste Transfer Station site and the site has since been handed over to the contractors”.
In order to improve solid waste collection in the Federal Capital City, the FCT Administration has commenced night operation by the City Cleaning Contractors, which has significantly enhanced city sanitation, he stressed.