Acting director of the Satellite Towns Development Department, Arc Victoria Imande has said the agency would not hesitate to sanction those who pollute the environment by disposing their waste indiscriminately in the satellite towns.
She stated this yesterday when the agency embarked on a waste evacuation exercise at the Nyanya roundabout market in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
According to her, waste being generated in the satellite towns is on the rise to due to overwhelming increase in the number of people living such areas, thereby constituting health hazards.
“Yesterday was a market day so the waste generated has significantly increased by yesterday and today. That is not to say the waste is not there during the week. People just dump their waste on road side but what we are doing is an intervention so that we reduce as much as to reduce the spread of diseases, reptiles and rodents,” she explained.
She added that the agency had created awareness amongst residents on how to dispose their waste properly.
“What we are doing now is that we are trying to sensitise the people around here so that they can go to appropriate waste collection centres. There are waste collection centres in the communities and we are identifying more. We are showing them that they do not have to bring their waste in the streets. The sensitization is going on right now in the chief’s palace. We have also involved the traders and some other community leaders.
“We have upgraded the laws that after now we are going to have mobile courts. We are going round to sensitise them before we commence the sanctions.
It would be recalled that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello had directed a seven-day massive waste evacuation exercise in the area councils and satellite towns.

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