Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammed 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 recently, stated that his administration would not condone indolence.
Bello noted with dismay the poor state of sanitation in the Federal Capital City and its environs, and directed 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.
Alhaji Bello disclosed that cleanliness was a priority of this administration and therefore called for community participation to ensure a successful campaign.
“Cleanliness of Abuja city can only be achieved and sustained by the doggedness of the experts and managers in the AEPB. You must do more because all eyes are on us and we cannot afford to fail the nation. Let the stakeholders know that cleanliness is next to Godliness and cleanliness is not the responsibility of the government alone,” the Minister stressed.”
The minister also warned that erring staff would face sanctions for not adhering to this directive because the federal government considered Abuja as an international city.
He announced that he would soon visit all the dump sites and the sewer treatment plants in the territory to assess such facilities physically, in order to ensure that no excuse would be given for failure.

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