By Festus Fifen
The FCT Administration has sealed up a total of 2,491 facilities and sites in the Federal Capital Territory for non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) regulations.
The FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed made this disclosure after a meeting with some senior officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board recently in his office.
In a statement through his Chief Press Secretary Mohammad Sule, The Minister further disclosed that some of these facilities were also sealed up due to non-payment of service charges and other environmental offences between January and April 2014.
The Minister further revealed that a new FCT Policy Guideline on Solid Waste Management is being packaged and stakeholders would soon brainstorm on its review, preparatory to its approval by the FCT Executive Committee.
The Minister remarked that the FCT Resident Sanitation Forum has been resuscitated with the objectives of increasing general awareness and full participation of the residents in environmental protection programmes. According to him, 3,195 Premises were inspected and given health talk on the importance of sanitation, while 93 Premises were fumigated in the process.
Bala Mohammed warned that hard times await environmental offenders in the Federal Capital Territory, as all efforts would be put in, to rid Abuja of all environmental nuisances.
He thus solicited for cooperation and understanding of all residents
of the Territory as well as closer collaboration of all stakeholders.