5 April 202 By Mathew Ayoola
As part of measures to ensure a beffitting capital city, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, has embarked on a clean up sensitization campaign for community leaders living along the airport road in the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking during the event at the residence of the Aguma of Sauka Village in Abuja, Mallam Yusuf Magaji, the Director of AEPB, Doctor Hassan Abubakar expressed concern over the indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor sanitary condition by some communities along the airport road.
According to him, the sensitization campaign became necessary to enable community leaders educate their people on the need to keep the airport road clean in view of its location as foreign visitors and investors come into the city through that route .
Doctor Abubakar said AEPB had already commenced the removal of shanties and refuse before the perimeter fence in some communities along the airport road.
He said the Board was committed to maintaining an environmental friendly capital city through regular sensitization campaign and sustained environmental sanitation.
Doctor Abubakar also advised residents living along the road against farming before the perimeter fence to avoid sanctions.
The AEPB Director stated that the Board would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone found littering the area as an Enforcement Team had already been put in place to act in that direction.
Doctor Abubakar therefore solicited the support of District and Community Leaders along the airport road towards achieving the environmental objectives of AEPB.
“Dumping of refuse, building of all kinds of shanties and littering major roads that leads to the capital of any country does not speak well and pottray a good image of the country, therefore we should all join hands in building the Abuja of our dream worthy of emulation by the international community” Doctor Abubakar added
In a remark, the Aguma of Sauka Village, Mallam Yusuf Magaji expressed the readiness of community leaders to support AEPB in maintaining good sanitary condition along the road.
Mallam Magaji said the community had already created a dumping site as part of its efforts to combat indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the area.