7 June 2021 By Mathew Ayoola
The National Assembly has been urged to assent to the review of the 1997 AEPB Act No 10.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Mohammed Bello made the appeal in Abuja at a forum to mark the 2021 World Environment Day organized by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB.
The Minister who was represented by the Chairman, Board of AEPB, Doctor Bawuro Yahaya said the appeal became necessary to give the Board greater latitude in its onerous task of protecting the environment as a laudable contribution to the global ecosystem restoration efforts.
He stated that the FCT Administration since 2015 through the AEPB had commenced a “Blue Print Project” to encourage recycling of waste materials as part of measures to protect the environment.
Mallam Bello explained that the Administration had also empowered AEPB to sanction negative actions to the environment such as unregulated felling of trees, animal poaching within the city centre, illegal mining activities, indiscriminate bush burning, indiscriminate dumping of waste and open defecation among others.
Speaking on this year’s theme “Ecosystem Restoration” thevDirector of AEPB, Doctor Hassan Abubakar said there was urgent global concern for the survival of planet earth in the face of uncontrolled exploitation of the earth in a manner that had caused more harm than good.
Doctor Hassan Abubakar explained that the Board was committed to programnes that would effectively protect and preserve the environment in the six Area Councls of the FCT to safeguard the ecosystem.
He therefore called on Area Council Authorities, residents, corporate organizations, and other stakeholders to support efforts at protecting the environment through tree planting, greening surroundings, maintaining vegetable gardens and cleaning up thrash along waterways and drains.
Other speakers at the forum stressed the need for the creation of an ecosystem that would enable science and innovation to flourish in the area of environmental protection.
The World Environment Day forum which was attended by stakeholders in the Environment sector featured symbolic planting of trees, exhibition, talk show, drama and presentation of awards to some selected schools in the FCT.