FCTA constitutes sanitation sub-committees in satellite towns

Jumoke Akinjide
Olajumoke Akinjide

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) ministerial committee on Clean and Green Greater Abuja Initiative has established five sub-committees to oversee the effective coordination and pursuit of its mandate.

The committees are for publicity and sensitization, enforcement, mop-up operation, parks and greening, and monitoring.

The Clean and Green workers, which commenced the evacuation of heaps of refuse in Afizere Road, Karu General Hospital, Karu Children’s Home and other parts of Karu last Tuesday, completed the mopping up of the refuse at the weekend.

So far, the committee has deployed pay-loaders, bulldozers and high ton tippers to Karu, Nyanya and Mararaba in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to evacuate the huge wastes generated by residents of the satellite towns, while a similar exercise in Nyanya and Mararaba was on Saturday.

The Clean and Green Greater Abuja Initiative Committee is being assisted by the Area Councils to clean up the satellite towns and regional road corridors as well as the villages, including the minor settlements.

The Secretary of the Committee, Olusegun Olusa, who led the evacuation and mop up exercise in Karu, Nyanya and Mararaba, said the refuse evacuation would be a continuous exercise.

“The Ministerial Committee on Clean and Green Greater Abuja was inaugurated with the mandate of achieving the clean-up of the Satellite Towns and regional road corridors in the FCT. We are putting together sustainable waste management and enforcement strategies in the cleaning and greening of the satellite towns,” Mr. Olusa said.

He said the Publicity and Sensitisation sub-committee has undertaken an advocacy and sensitisation programme in the six Area Councils of the FCT to create awareness and foster the culture of cleanliness amongst residents of the satellite towns.

“We have so far held sensitization campaigns for the chairmen of Area Councils, traditional rulers, religious leaders, district heads, market women, and National Union of Road Transport Workers, among others,” he said.

“At the Area Councils level, the publicity and sensitisation team has also begun end-to-end sensitization of residents. We all have a role to play in achieving a clean environment in the FCT,” he added.

The Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, had on August 23, 2012 inaugurated the Ministerial Committee on Clean and Green Greater Abuja Initiative to ensure a clean environment in the satellite towns.

As part of the cleaning and greening of the area councils and satellite towns, the Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA) is employing 300 youths and women from the six Area Councils of the FCT for exercise.

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