Chris Steven, Abuja
Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello has warned the staff of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to be up and doing in the discharge of their duties.
The Minister who gave the charge when he paid an unscheduled visit to the headquarters of the Board on Tuesday further warned that his Administration would not condone indolence.
Alhaji Bello noted with dismay the poor state of sanitation in the Federal Capital City and its environs and directed the staff of the Board to move out to the fields to ensure that the city is cleaned up.
He directed that Advocacy Committees be set up to reach out to all stakeholders such as traditional rulers, community heads, Imams and Priests in order to elicit their support.
“Let the stakeholders know that cleanliness is next to Godliness and cleanliness is not the responsibility of the government alone,” the Minister stressed.
Alhaji Bello disclosed that cleanliness is a priority of this Administration and therefore called for community participation to ensure a successful campaign.
His words: “You must do more because all eyes are on us and we cannot afford to fail the nation”.
The Minister also warned that erring staff would face sanctions for not adhering to this directive because the Federal Government considers Abuja as an international city; reiterating “cleanliness of Abuja city can only be achieved and sustained by the doggedness of the experts and managers in the AEPB”.
According to him, “everybody has to sit up because we will not shy away from sanctioning any erring staff within the existing laws and regulations.”
He announced that he would soon visit all the dumpsites and the Sewer Treatment Plants in the Territory to assess such facilities physically to ensure that no excuse would be given for failure.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye and some senior aides of the Minister accompanied him on the visit.