By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has called on the residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to maximize the potentials of residents’ Sanitation Forum as a viable and accessible tool for participation in governance especially in the area of City Management.
AEPB in a statement issued yesterday by its Head of Information and Outreach Programme, Joe Ukiro, quoted the boards’ acting director, Aishat Adebayo, saying the measures were necessary to address environmental challenges.
Mrs. Adebayo stressed that the forthcoming meeting of the Forum which is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th 2014, is a platform opened for people within common geographical boundary; like neighbors in the high rise buildings, estates, staff quarters, plazas and shopping centres.
She reiterated that residents, business owners and operators are key stakeholders in sustainable city management. It follows therefore that their opinion and suggestions are valuable and needful.
The AEPB as a service delivery and regulatory agency therefore wants to carry the residents along in her duty in ensuring a clean, hygienic and sustainable environment for the present and future generations of FCT residents. “That is why we open our doors to the public in every quarter to listen to the compliments, suggestions and complaints of residents. We also educate and inform them on the Board’s mandate, activities and their roles as stakeholders”, she said.
She called on the residents and business premises managers to be stewards of their immediate environment by identifying with the FCT Residents Sanitation Forum in order to make their environment a better place.