The Abuja Environmental Protection Board has sealed up two shopping plazas in the city for lack of waste bins and indiscriminate burning of waste in their premises.
Acting Director of the board, Mr Babashehu Lawan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Rajab Plaza and Chantal Plaza in Durumi District were sealed recently.
He said the plazas were closed down by the board in collaboration with Environmental Health Officers.
Lawan said the board would not tolerate plazas in the city operating without appropriate waste bins.
He said lack of appropriate waste bins in premises caused indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
“Every property owner in the FCT must ensure that his property is provided with a waste collection bin. “We must avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste,” he said.
He urged plaza owners, parks and recreational centres to ensure a clean environment.
Lawan said the board had earlier published a warning to residents in national dailies that owners of property without waste bins would face sanctions.
It also said it asked those who had yet to pay their annual waste service bills to do so. He said the board was committed to ensuring a clean environment.
He recalled that more than 179 occupants of houses in Wuse District were recently prosecuted for various environmental offences in a mobile court in the area.