The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has evacuated 57,609.2 tons of solid waste to designated disposal sites in the last two months and prosecuted many environmental offenders, the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Hazat Sule, said in a release on Sunday. The Chief Press Secretary quoted the FCT Minister, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, as saying, “a total of 57,609.2 tons of solid waste was collected and disposed at the designated disposal sites between the months of September and October 2014.”
He disclosed that the FCTA has established temporal dumpsite in Bwari to ease pressure on existing but inaccessible dumpsites at Gossa and Ajata. “The implementation of the policy on self-serving housing estates by respective owners/residents associations has commenced after three successful stakeholders meetings,” Mohammed announced. The minister said FCTA is committed to the wellbeing of residents of the territory so poised to tackle environmental nuisance reported within 72 hours of such reports.
The minister noted that vegetation control along Bill Clinton Drive, Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, exit/entrance highways and Ring Road 2 (RR2) has recently been done. He also revealed that 1,186 hawkers were recently arrested, 1,105 of them promptly prosecuted and convicted with 177 of them sentenced to various terms of prison.
He said 172 beggars/destitute and 48 minors were arrested between the months of September and October