The Permanent Secretary of Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA), Mr John Chukwu, has given all area councils in the territory one week ultimatum to clear all accumulated refuse in their respective areas.
According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director/Chief Press Secretary, Muhammad Hazat Sule and made available to the journalists in Abuja, added that the Permanent Secretary gave the directive during an emergency meeting in his office on the state of the environment in the six area councils and satellite towns.
The statement further stated that during the meeting, Chukwu expressed disappointment over the poor state of environment as well as the huge volume of waste in all the councils. The permanent secretary reminded the council chairmen of their statutory responsibility of 100 per cent maintenance of the environment, stressing that cleanliness is next to godliness.
According to the statement, Chukwu said the ugly trend of heaps of garbage in all the area councils and satellite towns must immediately be reversed in line with the change mantra of the Federal Government.
He further reminded the chairmen that as elected leaders, the people would hold them accountable, especially as councils elections were round the corner.
“Abuja is one of the most important places in the country, being the abode of Mr. President, members of the National Assembly, highest ranking judicial officers in the country as well as members of the diplomatic community; and therefore the window through which the world sees Nigeria.
All hands must be on deck to keep the environment of the entire 8,000 square kms of the Federal Capital Territory very clean to showcase the city to the world.” Those present at the meeting include the chairmen of the six area councils, FCT Directors of Treasury, Establishment and Training, Procurement, Satellite Towns Development, Information and Communications, it stated
– Kingsley Madaki, Abuja