The move will ensure a clean environment.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said on Tuesday that it has certified 22 concessionaires to handle the waste collection responsibilities in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns in the Nigerian capital
The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, said in a meeting with the leadership of the Trade Union Congress, FCT Council, that the area councils and satellite towns have already been delineated into 22 lots for the purpose of daily waste collection from households in the councils.
The Minister said the move was aimed at ensuring a clean environment, adding that the selection process for the licensees was done in strict compliance with the provisions of the Nigerian Procurement Act.
“The Administration has shortlisted 22 concessionaires and award letters have been issued to them so they can start as soon as possible,” the Minister said, adding that the FCTA, through the Satellite Towns Development Agency, STDA, would acquire heavy equipment and trucks as part of measures to ensure effective waste management in these areas.
“The STDA is already providing infrastructure in the area councils and also supporting the councils in the area of capacity building in line with Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda,” she added.
On efforts to resolve the crisis that has affected the new Abuja transportation policy, the minister assured residents that more high capacity buses would be provided by the FCTA to enhance the transportation system.
“The FCT Administration carried along stakeholders in the transport sector in the implementation of the new Transport Policy. More high capacity buses are to be provided to support existing ones,” she explained.
The FCTA had on June 3 commenced the new transport policy Abuja, restricting mini-buses to the area councils and satellite towns. There are over 300 high capacity buses and 160 Abuja taxis currently operating in the main town.
The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, FCT Council, Aliyu Musa, pledged the support of the labour union for the new transport policy, saying that it was in the overall interest of residents and visitors to the Abuja.
“We, however, will advise that the Administration provide more high capacity buses as well as enforce the use of designated bus-stops by commuters. Buses should no longer be allowed to stop at irregular places. The new Transport Policy is necessary for the security of the residents,” the TUC chairman stated.