No less than 70 trucks move round the Federal Capital City (FCC) twice daily to collect wastes from various collection points to the various dumpsites located in the suburbs of the Territory, the acting Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Alhaji Baba-Shehu Lawan, has revealed.
“My mandate is to keep the city clean, remove solid waste as well as rid the streets of hawkers.
“Currently, no fewer than 70 trucks move round the city daily twice to collect waste,” the Director said in a recent chat with pressmen.
According to him, two additional dumpsites were created in Bwari Area Council to handle the increasing volume of waste being generated in the city.
He said that much pressure on the old dumpsite located on Airport Road informed the creation of the Bwari dumpsites.
Also, he hailed the Satellite Town Development Agency (STDA), for supporting the board in addressing inadequate dumpsites in the city.
It would be recalled that in order to ensure effective management of the environment, the AEPB said it has concluded plans to hand over waste evacuation in the Federal Capital Territory to its license private contractors.
Stressing this point during an interactive session with Estate owners in the FCT recently, Lawan said the aim of the meeting was to fully prepare the estate owners to take up cleaning responsibilities within their estates and enforcement of the payment dues.
He adds: “After the handing over next month (November), the board will be working with all licensed contractors, which are going to be recommended to be clearing wastes generated in 84 estates of the FCT.”