I will soon set up en­vi­ron­men­tal task­force – Coun­cil boss

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The Chair­man of Gwag­wal­ada Area Coun­cil, Al­haji Adamu Mustapha, has said his ad­min­is­tra­tion will soon set up an en­vi­ron­men­tal task­force to check­mate in­dis­crim­i­nate refuse dump­ing in the area.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with news­men in his of­fice, yes­ter­day, Mustapha said set­ting up the task­force was in­formed by ac­tiv­i­ties of some res­i­dents, es­pe­cially roasted maize and pure wa­ter sell­ers who, he said, dumped refuse in­dis­crim­i­nately.

He said sanitation has been one of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s top pri­or­i­ties since he as­sumed of­fice, ad­ding that the coun­cil spent huge amount of money monthly to evac­u­ate refuse at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the me­trop­o­lis.

“The coun­cil is mak­ing ef­fort to see that en­vi­ron­men­tal sanitation is a rou­tine ex­er­cise but the cit­i­zens are not help­ing mat­ters. That is why we are go­ing to in­au­gu­rate a task­force to check­mate cases of in­dis­crim­i­nate refuse dumps,” he said.

He noted that de­spite waste bins kept at des­ig­nated places within the me­trop­o­lis, some res­i­dents still dumped refuse by the road side.

The chair­man, how­ever, at­trib­uted the chal­lenges of refuse dumps and sanitation to the of in­flux of peo­ple into the coun­cil on daily ba­sis, ad­ding that the coun­cil also hosts var­i­ous min­istries in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Abuja.

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