Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB has arraigned about 1000 defaulters of waste disposal bill before its mobile court sitting in various locations in the Federal Capital Territory.
At the hearing in Abuja, the Chief State Council with AEPB, Mr Arome Tukula said the defaulters were arrested within the city centre of the FCT.
According to him, the defaulters contravened AEPB Act no 10 of 1997 section 30 sub section 4 and defaulters are liable to three months imprisonment with an option of fine.
On his part, a Counsel to some of the defaulters, Agbaje Ochai admitted his clients’ failure to paying their waste disposal bill and pleaded out of court settlement.
Addressing newsmen on the development, the Director of AEPB, Alhaji Kaka Ali said the defaulters also included those who have refused to acquire the necessary waste bins required for the evacuation of waste within the nation’s capital city.
Alhaji Ali stated that the defaulters were arrested in Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and other major areas within the city centre of the FCT.
“It’s unfortunate that the defaulters refused to pay for services rendered to them through waste collection and disposal which is against AEPB Act therefore this is not a case of witch-hunt but failure of some residents to abide by the law” the Director stated.
He explained that the exercise which would be a continuous exercise is aimed at sanitizing the nation’s capital and make it environmental friendly worthy of emulation by other countries.
According to him, AEPB has put in place necessary measures to ensure proper collection of refuse and keep the environment clean.
While soliciting the cooperation of the residents on AEPB waste collection services, the Director reiterated the commitment of the Board towards hygenic and healthy environmental society in the FCT.
He also advised the residents to always keep their environment clean to avoid outbreak of diseases associated with poor sanitary condition.
“The task of ensuring a befitting and environmental friendly nation’s capital is the responsibility of everyone hence the need for all residents to support AEPB towards achieving this important goal” Alhaji Ali added.
By Matthew Ayoola