Abuja to commence greening of satellite towns

There will be a ‘going green’ sensitization campaign in Abuja on Monday.

The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory said a sensitization programme for the Clean and Green Greater Abuja Initiative and the Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA), undertaken by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), will commence on Monday.

The committee that would handle the advocacy and sensitisation programme was inaugurated on August 23 with the mandate of building effective and sustainable enforcement strategies in the cleaning and greening of the satellite towns.

The Chairman of the Ministerial Committee and Director of the STDA, Tukur Bakori, said in Abuja that the advocacy and sensitisation programme would hold simultaneously in Gwagwalada, Kwali and Abaji Area Councils of Abuja. He said Bwari Area Council’s programme will hold on Tuesday, September 11.

He listed expected participants at the meeting as traditional rulers, religious leaders, district heads, opinion leaders, market women, National Union of Road Transport Workers, civil society organisations, and other associations.

Mr. Bakori explained that the sensitisation committee at the area councils would embark on a house to house sensitisation of the residents of the three councils, to ensure a clean environment in the area councils and satellite towns.

“The Monitoring Sub-Committee will this week commence work at the area councils. They are to identify and mark collection centres for refuse dumps by the residents,” he said.

The minister, Olajumoke Akinjide, had during the inauguration of the committee said that the STDA would engage 300 youth and women from the six area councils of Abuja for the cleaning and greening of the satellite towns.

“The engagement of the youths and women won’t be based on party lines. We want people that are ready to work,” she said.

Ms. Akinjide directed the committee members to recommend appropriate and sustainable waste management strategies for the satellite towns.

She also ordered the ministerial committee to embark on an aggressive tree planting exercise and vegetation control, to achieve a green satellite town.

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