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City sanitation to gulp more funds – STDD

Sarah NEGEDU

The Satellite Town Development Department of the FCT Administration has promised to deploy more resources towards waste Management and general environmental Sanitation across the territory.
Coordinator of the department, Mr. Obinna Ogwuegbu who made the commitment while inspecting a recent clean up exercise within the FCT, said the move has become necessary given the increased appearance of refuse heaps along streets in some satellite towns.
He added that though the responsibility of cleaning and Managing wastes in the satellite towns rest with Area Councils chairmen,  the STDD will be making more interventions in that regards as the FCTA remains committed toward ensuring a safer and hygienic environment for its residents.
The FCTA, through the Satellite Town Development Department, recently embarked on a massive clean up exercise within the six area council of the territory as parts of its mandate to keep the satellite towns clean.
While acknowledging that the situation on waste management is getting bad because of people’s lifestyle and attitude towards the environment, the Coordinator called on the residents to stop dumping and littering of refuse on the roads side, stressing that such unsanitary act constitutes health hazard to the people.
Ogwuegbu, while stating that the exercise is a continuous one, appealed to residents, particularly those living in the suburbs, to desist from dumping refuse on drainages and roadsides.
The Coordinator further noted that he will be going round the 6 area councils to make sure that all contractors are complying with the matching order, adding that all hands must be on deck in making sure that all the Satellite towns are kept clean at all times.
He said following the order, the six area Councils contractors on waste management have since swung into action at their various sites in Gwagalada, kwali, kubwa, kuje, Abaji, and karshi.
He further explain that one of his mission is to maintain and retain the dignity of the satellite towns in terms of cleanliness and road usages, as the construction of roads are also ongoing  in some of the satellite towns. 
Ogwuegbu promised to do his best in repositioning the satellite town before the end his tenure to make sure that there is a change, by making the citizen partner with the government in building and making the satellite towns clean  and digitalise.
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