Why monthly san­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise is with­out re­stric­tion in Abuja - AEPB

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The Abuja En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Board (AEPB) has said that the monthly san­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise is still on in the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) but with­out re­stric­tion be­cause res­i­dents in the ter­ri­tory are re­spon­si­ble enough to clean up their en­vi­ron­ment.

The act­ing di­rec­tor of the Board, Mrs. Aishat Ade­bayo, who made this known dur­ing a quar­terly in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with FCT res­i­dents, said the res­i­dents are en­light­ened and in­tel­li­gent enough to re­al­ize the im­por­tance of keep­ing their en­vi­ron­ment clean.

“We are not go­ing round to shut down the road or mar­ket but we be­lieve that we are all re­spon­si­ble enough in the city to be able to clean up our en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the last Satur­day of the month.

“We also use this medium to send the mes­sages out that the san­i­ta­tion is still on ground, govern­ment is giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to clean up the en­vi­ron­ment. You are not even sup­posed to be do­ing it once in a month but that fo­rum has been cre­ated for you to clean up your en­vi­ron­ment once in a month,” she said.

Some res­i­dents, dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing, had called on the board to en­sure that res­i­dents com­ply strictly to the monthly san­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise in or­der to en­hance the ef­fort of the board in mak­ing Abuja an ex­cel­lent city.

Ac­cord­ing to a res­i­dent rep­re­sent­ing an es­tate in Loko­goma, there is need for the govern­ment to in­tro­duce the monthly san­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise as is be­ing done in some states, “I know there used to be san­i­ta­tion days in some states. I am not too sure we have it in Abuja be­cause the last Satur­day of the month is the day we have our meet­ings in the es­tate and when you try to ask people to come for meet­ing they say there is no san­i­ta­tion in Abuja.”

“If you have those two free hours, it would go a long way in en­abling people do some clean­ing. The world would be a bet­ter place if I clean my house and you clean yours, though if you do not, it does not make any dif­fer­ence,” he stated.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Uromi Close in Garki, Obi­a­juna Ni­cholas, com­mended the ef­fort of the Board in main­tain­ing a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment in the FCT.

He added that the res­i­dents of the Close had re­cently passed a con­sti­tu­tion to back san­i­ta­tion in the area, “We do not joke with our san­i­ta­tion days even if the govern­ment says it is not of­fi­cial, in our place it is of­fi­cial be­cause that day no­body goes out.

“I want to en­cour­age res­i­dents of Abuja to make ef­forts to hold meet­ings, we do not wait for the govern­ment to come and clean our en­vi­ron­ment for us,” he said.

The in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing was at­tended by the FCT of­fice of the Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency, FCT Pub­lic Com­plaints Com­mis­sion and res­i­dents of var­i­ous ar­eas of the FCT.

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