Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, has advised residents along the airport road against trading and farming activities on the corridor of the road.
The Director of AEPB, Osilama Braimah gave the advice during an advocacy visit to the Doctor Head of Lugbe Abuja, Mallam Salihu Debu.
Braimah said the visit became necessary to ensure a good and hygienic environmental atmosphere along the airport road of the nation’s capital.
According to him, the airport corridor which is the mirror of the country’s image said necessary efforts must be made to protect it against unwholesome activities.
“Whenever we have foreign visitors and investors coming to the Federal Capital Territory, situation along the airport road will either send positive or negative signals to them hence the need for us at the AEPB to first and foremost sensitize the community leaders on the need to maintain good environmental condition along the corridor of the airport which will later be communicated to their people” He stated
The Director of AEPB explained that the Board is already discussing with District and Community Leaders on the need to create dumping sites to eradicate indiscriminate dumping of refuse along the airport road.
Braimah who explained that farming and trading along the airport road is against the AEPB Act said the Board would not hesitate to sanction anyone caught violating the Law.
He reiterated the commitment of the Board towards restoring the masterplan of the FCT for a more environmental friendly society and the nation’s capital worthy of emulation.
In a remark, the Senior Special Assistance to the FCT Minister on Community Relations, Alhaji Yamau Ishaku enjoined District and Community Leaders along the airport road to support the AEPB in sanitizing the airport corridor.
He also called on them to take the message to their people to avoid being sanctioned.
Alhaji Ishaku therefore reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration towards a beffiting nation’s capital through increased support to AEPB activities.
He equally enjoined those living along the airport road to always make use of pedestrian bridges to reduce the rate of accidents along the road.
Responding on behalf of other Community Leaders, the District Head of Lugbe, Mallam Salihu Debu promised to educate their people for a healthy environment.
He appealed for the provision of dumping sites for residents along airport road to further achieve the mandate of AEPB.
The District Head therefore advised residents of the area to always make use of the existing dumping sites in the area to avoid outbreak of diseases.
By MATHEW AYOOLA