By Stanley Onyekwere
The Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) has sought the collaboration of stakeholders on enforcement of a new system of evacuating garbages across designated dump sites at the outskirt towns of the FCT.
The Department revealed that under the new scheme it would handover waste evacuation to a contractor, and will only play the role of monitoring the exercise which is expected to ensure more prompt actions by those involved.
This was disclosed by STDD coordinator, Ishaku Tanko Yamawo at the weekend after monitoring waste evacuation in Jikwoyi phase I and phase II dump sites under Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Yamawo, who was represented by the deputy director environment, Olusegun Olusa said the new arrangement was to address threat to residents’ health and promote their wellbeing.
Olusa explained that the agency’s action followed a letter written by the communities’ neighbourhood to STDD concerning the worrisome state of the dump site.
He asserted that the present mop up of the areas was an emergency one aimed at paving way for the main exercise which would begin after the procurement processes in progress are completed.
“We have started with the mop up operation but as soon as the procurement processes in progress are completed the agency will have a contractor that will be evacuating the waste regularly, at least three times in a week” he said.
The deputy director stated that evacuation of garbages was the statutory job of area councils but,he regretted that with the slow evacuation exercise being carried out by them compare to the generation, STDD had key into the process.
He sought for the community leaders and members support in areas of strict monitoring and putting in place sanitary guards that will make the compliance more effective.
Olusa appealed to the area council chairmen to ensure that their residents heed to the sanitation guidelines.
One of the community leaders, David Iya who spoke on behalf of the residents pledged his readiness to ensuring that the new initiative stand the test of time.
He urged the government to evolve measures that will sustain the system, even as he appealed to the agency to make provision for a permanent site for dumping of garbages by the community members.