From EVELYN DADU, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), today expressed worries over the ongoing indiscriminate dumping of construction wastes within the Capital City center and called on the Development Control department to wake up to its responsibilities.
The Director, Monitoring and Inspection in the FCTA, Town Planner, Olawale Labiyi made this known at a news conference on the activities of the department from January to November 2019.
Labiyi said the department in the course of discharging its duties observed that construction companies often dumped wastes in the wrong places within the city center.
He said that the department identified problems and nuisance in public Educational and Health Institutions, Market and Housing Estates to the relevant SDAs for amelioration.
Among the issues monitored in the city was the evacuation of domestic waste, vegetation and construction wastes, general cleanliness of the environment, social nuisance and areas prone to security risks and the informal sector.
He, therefore, called on the Department of Development Control and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board to be proactive in ensuring that construction companies did not dump wastes indiscriminately.
He also expressed concern over poor sanitation and increasing rate of open defecation, bad roads and blocked drainages in the Bwari Area Council and urged the Chairman of that council to put measures in place to address the challenges.
The director, however, said that with the concerted efforts of the department, the level of cleanliness in the city had improved, adding that education and health institutions have also witnessed an improved state of environmental condition.
He reported that the “sanitation state of markets, neighborhood shopping centers and housing estates within the city has improved”. Also, there is a slight improvement in the sanitation condition in the major settlement at the area councils”.