Saint John Mary Vianney Quasi Parish, Kubwa extension 3 and the residents of the area have called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCDA, and Bwari Area Council to come to their aid by evacuating the offensive smelling refuse dump in the area for their health sake.
Speaking to our correspondent in an interview yesterday in Abuja, representative of the Church, Mr. Ighedosa John said that if something was not done urgently about the refuse which he said, has scared away people from passing through the area, it would result to an outbreak of cholera, typhoid and malaria epidemic.
John stated that as a result of the unpleasant odour that emanates from the refuse, members of the Church who come for worship, the residents of the area and those who are doing one business or the other no longer find it comfortable spending good time there.
He said that the church has written letters to the appropriate authorities like Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and Bwari Area Council Chairman through the Head the Department of Environment, among other agencies to look into their plight, saying that nothing has been done by the authorities to alleviate the suffering of the people.
Part of the letter read, “as the waste decompose, they produce offensive smell as well as generate methane gas, which is explosive and contributes to greenhouse gases. Burning of these wastes also produces toxic substances like dioxins, furans, sulphur-dioxide, carbon-monoxide and other air pollutants and these are major causes of cancer and respiratory diseases.”
John noted that refuse buried in the ground sometime ago by the Area Council coupled with the dirty water flowing from the waste have polluted the underground water meant for domestic use, adding that such water was capable of causing various degrees of diseases.

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