The residents asked for more sensitisation on AEPB laws.
Residents of Abuja on Friday advised the Abuja Environmental Protection Board AEPB to be flexible in enforcing sanitation laws.
Some of them complained that the sanction imposed by the board was too harsh, while others said the board should be more civil, and intensify its sensitisation campaign for better result.
Festus Ojo, a resident of Garki, said that the AEPB should not be too harsh in enforcing sanitation laws.
For instance, Mr. Ojo said that while the residents prefer to keep waste receptacles at the back of their houses for safety reasons, the AEPB sees the move as a violation of its law.
“There are times we keep our dustbins outside and by the time we return from work they are stolen.
“It is better they come regularly to educate and even persuade us. The use of force or sanction is not always effective,” he said.
Another resident, Ada Halilu, said “it has become difficult to comprehend what constitute an offence under AEPB regulations’’.
He said that in spite of complying with AEPB regulations, he was still summoned to appear before a mobile court for trial.
“Any notice they give us, we comply, and we do our best to ensure that our environment is clean, but most times they do not come to collect the wastes,” Halilu said.
He advised the board to provide bigger waste bins for evacuation of refuses.
The Acting Director of AEPB, Aishat Adebayo, said the board employs civil methods in enforcing its regulations and only applied sanction as a last option.
“We monitor compliance and in cases where residents fail to comply, we move our mobile courts to the neighbourhood to try such offenders,” she said.
Ms. Adebayo advised residents to buy and keep waste receptacles as recommended by the board so that evacuation of refuse can be easier for AEPB officials.
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