Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2019

STDD begins massive waste evacuation in Mpape, others

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By Stanley Onyekwere

In order to clean up the the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) especially satellite towns accros the six Area Councils, the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) has commenced massive evacuation of solid waste from temporary dumpsites to permanent sites.
Speaking during evacuation exercise at a temporary dumpsite behind Mpape market, STDD Coordinator, Tanko Ishiaku Yamawo, promised that the dumpsites would never be allowed to accumulate huge waste, as there would intensive monitoring within intervals on the sites.
Yamawo disclosed that the refuse has not been evacuated in the past three years, while noting that it was impossible to eliminate waste generation among the living.
He therefore called on the private sector to partner the FCT Administration in tackling the challenge which he explained was akin to human development and urbanisation.
According to him, “this exercise, which is meant to keep the FCT environment clean is one of the mandates of the STDD. We got a call from the Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) about the refuse. There are two locations for the dumpsites. This one by the market and the other one within a residential area.
“There is no way we can stop dumping of waste because it is a continuous thing, but we can manage and control it. We also call on serious private sector partnerships to help us evacuate and manage the increasing waste in the FCT.
“Also, what we have decided to be doing is not to allow the refuse to accumulate this much, because this temporary sites has not been evacuated in the past three years. We will not allow it get to this volume.
“We will be coming every now and then to check and evacuate the waste because it now takes a lot of resources to do it. The contractor evacuating it thought it would take only two days to finish the job but it over seven days now, and you can see the refuse has refused to finish.”
Also speaking, Assistant Director in charge of environment in the STDD, Olawuwo Lateef, revealed that while the FCTA was willing to partner with the private sector for waste ,an age mentioned, only unserious ones were coming out, even as he called on serious investors in waste management to join hands with the Administration to keep Abuja clean.
Some Mpape residents we spoke to our correspondent said they were happy that the government has come to remove the waste, saying the dumpsites were becoming a serious concern for them.
A resident, Abdul Abdullah, who expressed joy over the exercise, also pleaded with the authorities not to abandon the cleaning halfway seeing that it a huge task to accomplish.

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