FCT builds three waste stations
As part of efforts to keep the Federal Capital Territory always clean, the Administration has expended over N3. 6 billion in the construction of three waste transfer stations as well as purchase equipment for waste management in the capital city.
The Acting Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Mrs. Aishat Adebowale revealed this when the House of Representatives Committee on Environment visited the board as part of its oversight functions.
She spoke at an interactive session with the committee headed by Hon. Uche Ekwunife.
“The the construction of the three waste transfer stations was awarded in 2011at the cost of N2, 957, 572, 096. 35.” She said though the project had been impeded by a number of challenges, “it is about 39. 5 per cent completed.”
She said: “The waste transfer stations with a combined capacity of 13,000 tons per day will be equipped with waste-sorting facilities, thereby promoting waste recycling and resource utilisation with the associated environmental benefits to the territory.”
She also told the committee that “contract for the supply of six units Roll-On-Roll- Off (RORO) trucks was awarded in March, 2012 at the cost of N203, 590, 497.36. The project has been partly executed with the supply of two units.”
“Another contract for the supply of 12 units of motorised street sweepers was awarded in January, 2012 at the cost of N405, 677, 546.40,” she said, adding that the project has been fully executed and inaugurated,” she said.
According to her, central sewage system is employed for liquid waste management in the FCT.
“The sewage, which is a separate system, is composed of a sewer network of about 700 kilometres and about 90-kilometre trunk line,” she said.
Speaking earlier, Hon. Uche Ekwunife had said her committee was interested in how far the board has gone on the issue of sanitary landfills and waste treatment plants.
While commending the AEPB in its effort so far at ensuring a clean and green city, particularly within the city centre of Abuja, Ekwuni said there was also need to concentrate on the satellite towns.
“We would very much like to see a situation where the satellite towns are looking as clean and green as the city centre,” she said.
The lawmaker, however, wondered how the waste transfer stations with sorting facilities would effectively function when the citizens that would generate the waste have not been enlightened on how to sort their waste for recycling purposes.
She urged the AEPB to adopt a more effective waste collection procedure and to do more in enlightening the residents in order to make the efforts of the board more effective.
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