The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has begun a village, community sanitation programme in all the Area Councils and satellite towns as part of measures to clean up the capital territory.
The programme was established by the Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, in collaboration with the chairmen of the six area councils.
The minister, who spoke at the flag off of the community sanitation exercise in Kuduru Community in Bwari Area Council on Thursday, said filthiness and an unclean environment was no longer acceptable in the area councils and the satellite towns.
“We are all going to clean the area councils and satellite towns,” The Minister said. “We are going to work with the chairmen of the six area councils to rid the councils of waste. Efforts are in top gear to clean green the various parks in the area councils and satellite towns.
“We have acquired domestic sanitation equipment for the community sanitation exercise, which has been distributed to the councils for a thorough clean-up of the environment after sanitization would have been carried out,” said Mr. Akinjide.
The village/community sanitation programme took off in five communities of Bwari Area Council – Kuduru, Ushafa, Pambara, Kogo and Peyi Communities.
About 50 members of the Sanitation Committee were inaugurated by the minister on Thursday in Kuduru.
The Minister, who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Jummai Kwanashie, had last month also taken the village/community sanitation to communities in Gwagwalada Area Council, including Gwako Community.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Bwari Area Council, Yohanna Ushafa, praised the minister for the community sanitation programme which, he stated, would engender a clean environment in all communities in the area councils.
Ushafa explained that the Bwari Area Council had embarked on a number of programmes to tackle sanitary problems in the area, such as the use of private refuse management firms.
“The Department of Environment and Sanitation has also embarked on the clearing of congested drainages across the Council, especially in Bwari, Kubwa and Dutse.
“The Council has launched aggressive health education in four major areas of open defecation, lassa fever, measles and trypanosomaisis among others,” he disclosed.