The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Tuesday evicted illegal food vendors, mechanics, fuel hawkers and petty traders on the rail and road corridors in Area 11 Garki, near the presidential villa, Abuja.
Mr Kaka Bello, the Assistant Director, Enforcement, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), who led the operation, said the FCTA has zero tolerance for environmental nuisances in the nation’s capital.
Bello, who advised residents to have a healthy attitude towards the environment, noted that if all residents ensured discipline and do what was right, Abuja would remain a clean city.
” As you can see this area falls within the Asokoro District and it is bordering the residents of the number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
” And as such this illegality that is happening here will not be allowed to continue.
You can see a lot of sundry nuisances from food vendors, illegal petroleum sellers popularly known as black markers, and illegal mechanics occupying this road corridors.
“This has led to the spillover of their illegal activities on the R.
B. Dikko Road off Lord Lugard street.
This is unacceptable and that is why the Director of AEPB, Mr Osilama Braimah, gave us a matching order to come and ensure that we sanitise this place.
”Bello promised that the board and other agencies of the FCTA saddled with the responsibility of city management would sustain operation in the area on a daily basis.
“We will ensure that this place is sanitised.
The enforcement will continue on daily basis.
As you can see the operation is been carried out by different agencies such as the FCT Directorate of Traffic Road Services (VIO), FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, NDLEA and the rest.
” He appealed to illegal food vendors, mechanics and illegal petrol sellers to desist from engaging in illegal activities.
”There are legitimate platforms in the territory were such businesses could be carried out without going against the law,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, explained that the place being occupied by the illegal vendors and mechanics was a green area given as a temporary food court.
Attah said that the administration would fence the area, adding that those who have temporary allocation to run a green area, parks and open spaces would take charge.
This, according to him, will be done in accordance with the provisions of the Parks and Recreation Department conditions.
“This is what we will do to ensure that people manage the rail and the road corridors pending when we have full construction and when the place is fully use for road and rail all this things will disappear.
” For now, this is an eyesore.
It is really very bad and sad to see fuel black markers, food vendors, scavenger’s, hawkers and all manner of people using this place.
” This doesn’t paint the city in a very good light considering the fact that it is at the very heart of the city,” Attah said.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has cautioned Abuja natives against renting out their economic trees and plantations to scavengers and operators of ‘Pantekars’ in the territory.
Mr Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, issue the warning when he led a clean up exercise in Mabushi and Jahi areas of Abuja, on Wednesday.
Attah said that it was unacceptable for owners of undeveloped plots of land or buildings under construction to rent out their properties for illegal land use different from what was in the master plan.
He warmed that henceforth, the FCT Administration would report the owner of the property to the police, if the criminality spiked.
According to him, “we will report to the Minister to take the necessary actions.
” We are removing scavengers’ shanties, around Mabushi area, close to Orji Uzor Kalu’s House.
“The FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, advised the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, on the need to actually clear this area in order to make this area more secured.
“Consequently, the minister directed us to clear all scavengers in this area, just by Orji Uzor Kalu’s house, we are clearing many shanties and scavengers’ dens.
“It is part of our agenda to clear the city and today we found someone’s national identity card and international passport, that was probably stolen.
” He said the area was a high brow one and it won’t be right for scavengers to stay there .
“We will be handing them over to appropriate agencies to locate the owners of the identity card and international passport,”he said.
The minister’s aide decried that cashew plantations were now criminals hideouts in Abuja.
” The cashew trees are no longer economic trees again, they are insecurity trees, because whenever we go out, we see criminals hiding under the trees.
“They have become safe havens for criminals.
” We have already told the indigenous people that any cashew plantation that is rented out to scavengers, when we get there we won’t spare the cashews trees.
“This is because, we must touch every illegal structure in the plantation and remove them.
” If anybody rent out his property to illegal occupants, we condemn it totally and if we get the owner, we will report the owner to the police.
” If the criminality is too much,we will report to the minister to take the necessary action.
”Also, the Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Mr Osilamah Braimoh, said there was no going back on the decision that all scavenger’s must move to dump sites to do their business.
Represented by the Assistant Director, AEPB, Mr Kaka Bello, said that it was unacceptable that residential areas were being misused.
He said that accumulation of wastes was hazardous to the health of people in that area.
“The implications to the environment it is degrading the environment and hazardous to the health of the people in the area.
“The scavengers’ dens that are being removed today had been removed severally, but they keep coming back.
” In the past, AEPB asked them to vacate the area and ensure they use the dump site, for all this their activities but unfortunately they have refused to vacate.
” We have no choice but to remove them, these are residential areas but they have occupied these places and some of the challenges is accumulation of waste and others,”he said.
He said that anyone who want to do the business of waste recycling they must do it at the dump sites in Abuja.
“We have had series of meetings with them and told them that if they must operate, they must use the dump site and we have over 90 hectres of land which they can use, which they can use for recycling,” he added.
Staff of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on Friday suspended their three- day warning strike following the intervention of the FCT Minister, Malam Mohmmed Bello, over their salary matters.
The workers, under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) appreciated Bello for the intervention.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AEPB workers went on a three-day strike due to alleged failure of the FCT Administration to implement the new salary structures for the board after the expiration of several ultimatums.
The strike, which commenced on Wednesday, was suspended after three days, due to the intervention of the minister.
The Secretary of the union, Mr Udeme Umanah, who spoke on behalf of the workers, told NAN that the minister and other authorities in the FCT Administration met with some union executives.
Umanah said that series of meetings were held during the period of the strike over the salary implementation.
“During the three day strike, the national body of the union had a meeting with the minister, Permanent Secretary of the FCT, Adesola Olusade and other authorities in the FCT Administration.
“Meanwhile, when the strike commenced on Aug. 16, 2022, the minister went to the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission and requested that letter submitted by the FCT administration on the salary structure should be responded.
“So, because of the minister`s persuasion, the commission forwarded a response of the letter which was dispatched to the minister.
“The minister, however, directed Olusade to act on the letter.
“The letter was moved to the Department of Human Resources, in the FCT administration to comply with the implementation of the salary structure,’’ he said.
Umanah said that the implementation would have effect from September with arrears payment from January 2020 to August 2022. He thanked Bello and other authorities who intervened for the salary implementation, and appreciated the AEBP workers for their cooperation.
One of the workers, who preferred anonymity, appreciated the minister for the intervention.
He said the workers expected the effective implementation of the salary as promised by the minister.
Strike: FCThe striking staff of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), on Thursday threatened to shutdown all public cemeteries in the Federal Capital Territory.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the threat was coming after the striking workers shutdown the cemeteries on Wednesday, but agreed to reopen them on Thursday.
The striking workers had been on an indefinite strike since Tuesday over the failure of the FCT Administration to implement a new salary structure for them.
Comrade Muktar Bala, Chairman of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) in AEPB, told newsmen that if no action was taken, the cemeteries will be shut down.
He said that the union would also shut down all other operational systems of the environmental board.
Bala said the FCT administration had not placed any priority on the welfare of members of the union, who were daily exposed to various health hazards, including handling of corpses.
According to him, the reopening of the cemeteries on Thursday was temporary to allow for negotiation, but will be shut down again if the discussions fail.
“As the Chairman of one of the unions in AEPB, I can assure you that it is a collective decision by the whole unions, with backings from the National union.
“People think it is only waste management that we do, they don’t know that even unclaimed corpses in hospitals are taken care of by us.
“These dead bodies that have over stayed in the hospital for three to four years, we take care of them, without knowing what killed them.
“Hospitals come to us when they want mass burial for such dead bodies.
If there are unclaimed or unknown corpses either on the road or elsewhere, Police will write reports and bring them to us for burial.
“All these hazards, people don’t look at it.
We want to tell the administration that apart from managing the solid waste, we engage in other things,” the chairman said.
Bala emphasised that if no agreement was reached, the union would not only shut down the cemeteries, but also close all the board’s systems and operations in the territory.
The members of staff of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on Wednesday said they would embarked on an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of a new salary structure.
The workers under auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), had on Tuesday commenced a 3-days warning strike over their demands The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workers vowed never to return to work until their demands were met.
The Secretary of the union, Mr Udeme Umanah, who spoke on behalf of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the warning strike was for three days.
Umanah said that the workers decided to embark on the strike due to failure of the FCT administration to implement the new salary structures for AEPB after the expiration of several ultimatums.
He said that if nothing was done after the three day warning strike the union would embark on an indefinite strike.
NAN also reports that the workers also barricaded the board`s headquarters and vowed never to return to work until their needs were met.
The workers carried placard with various inscriptions like: “Pay us our newly approved salary.
It is our right, not a privilege, we are tired of promises’’.
Umanah said that the new salary structure had been approved since 2019 by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammed Bello, but was yet to be implemented by the management.
He said that the board was an autonomous agency established under its Acts of 1997, adding that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) wanted the board to be a department under the administration.
“The presidential committee approved the same salary structures as well as the National Salary and Income Wages Commission, which was forwarded to FCTA in 2021. “They commence Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) from January 2020. The Health, Agriculture, Social Development Secretariat and Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) earn different salary structures.
“So, the union gave the administration 21- day notice to implement the salary structure, nothing happen, we gave them another seven days and then finally, we gave them the last three days notice.
“Nothing also was done.
So, it was after the expiration of the three days notice that the minister called us for a meeting and agreed to implement the salary structures.
“The minister then pleaded that we should not embark on strike, that we should give the administration two weeks to sort everything out,’’ he said.
Umanah said that the two weeks’ notice agreed at the meeting with the minister has ended and the administration had refused to implement the salary structure.
“We decided to go for the three day warning strike, which will be ending on Aug. 18, we are still waiting for them to commence the implementation.
“So, after Aug. 18,.
and nothing happened we will now proceed on an indefinite strike’’ he said.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday in Abuja warned owners of undeveloped landed property in parts of Wuye District to quickly develop them or risk revocation.
The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Mr Umar Shuiabu issue the warning when he led the ministerial joint taskforce on sensitisation of Wuye residents ahead of planned demolition of illegal structures in the district.
“We have many environmental, security and aesthetic challenges in parts of Abuja, including this area and this calls for sanitation of such places.
“Abuja is a planned and a beautiful city with world class infrastructure not seen in some countries, so we must not give anyone reason to question the sanity of this city.
“We have constructed beautiful road networks here but what we can see is illegal use of the road by mechanics and hawkers, among others.
“This has rendered this road impassable.
We want to remove this embarkment and give opportunity to all citizens and plot owners to use this road.
“Infact, there are other places also where these scavengers have taken over and we will do whatever that is legally possible to clear them.
“It is not only here, but in every other part of the city where illegality exists, we will remove it, till the time we will we have money to provide the infrastructure.” The AMMC boss said the FCTA was going to revoke and reallocate those not willing and able to develop the area instead of allowing it to lay fallow.
“Instead of developing this land, they leave the land and make it turn into a challenge for the city management.
“We have already provided infrastructure and the plot owners have not taken over.
We are going to give them final notice if they don’t develop it, we are going to revoke it and give it to those who will develop.” He explained that the ultimatum was already in the papers for the land and we have power to revoke the land.
The Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, Mr Ikharo Attah, said that the minister went round the area and it was very clear what he wanted.
“He wanted a massive cleanup of the entire area around Utako motor park, along Tunde Idiagbon Way.” Attah said that the minister directed all illegal structures and contraventions that run short of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Act and Regional Planning Act should be removed and cleaned up in line with the Abuja Master Plan.
According to Attah, in less than a week Utako will wear new look.
“The minister is very clear about the revocation of undeveloped plots.
He (minister) asked the Acting Director of Development Control to go with a team of town planners, inform and notify the plot owners and take over their plots within a stipulated period.
” Else the plots will be recommended to the minister for revocation.
We cannot have plots that will be hideouts for criminals,” he warned.
On his part, the Head, Monitoring and Enforcement, AEPB, Kaka Bello explained that his team had served them notice but was dissatisfied with the level of compliance.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Wednesday said it would prosecute a landlord and four other persons for destruction of public property within an Abuja estate.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a landlord of House No. 4, Sani Zangon Daura St., off Bala Muhammad Way, Guzape District, Abuja, allegedly commissioned a company to drill a borehole on a walkway.
FCTA Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, who led the operation, frowned at level of destruction of public property by developers and landlords.
Galadima warned that the FCTA would not hesitate to use relevant laws to prosecute violators.
Reacting to the development, he said “the residents woke up to find some people drilling borehole on their road. They drilled the borehole on the pedestrian walkway; in fact my heart is pained.
“This is a serious damage to the environment. Definitely we are going to prosecute him. That is why we are in liaison with Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and other relevant agencies to prosecute the offenders.
“This is damaging public property. This is vandalism. This is an opportunity for me to warn other developers that we will not accept this from any developer.”
Galadima said that the FCTA would resist any attempt by any developer to use pedestrian walkway to drill borehole.
“You have your property and you must obtain approval before you can drill borehole wherever it is going to be.
“It was a concerned citizen that drew our attention to this. We will not allow this. We will continue monitoring developments in Abuja, even during weekends,” he said.
On his part, AEPB’s Head, Monitoring and Enforcement, Malam Kaka Bello, said the board would corroborate with FTCA to prosecute the alleged culprit.
Also, the Chief Engineer in charge of Guzape area, Mr Aliyu Ahmed lamented the rate at which boreholes were being drilled indiscriminately in the area.
“The issue of drilling of boreholes on our walkway has been rampant. There are many boreholes sunk around this area alone.
“We are going to lock up all the illegal boreholes. Drilling borehole on the road corridor is illegal. You can drill borehole inside your compound but the outside of your compound doesn’t belong to you.”
A staff of the drilling firm handling the project, Davita Drill Tech, Mr Solomon Donald, told journalists that they started the drilling since Sunday.
He, however, could not ascertain whether there was a permit from the authorities to drill since the owner of the house could not be reached.
NAN reports that FCTA authorities apprehended Donald and three of his colleagues, including a gateman for further questioning. (
A group, C-Circle Research, on Monday called for regular environmental sanitation to promote healthy living in communities across the country.
Group’s Principal Consultant, Dr Chimere Ohajinwa, said this at the maiden environmental Clean-up community project implementation to celebrate the World Environment Day in Abuja.
The theme of the project is: “Only One Earth”.
The project was in conjunction with the Federal Capital Administration, Abuja Environmental Protection Board and Skilled Women Initiative at the IDP-Camp in Karomajigi, Federal Capital Territory.
Ohajinwa said: “C-Circle Research is known for raising environmental consciousness for people to know the importance of keeping their environment clean.
“So, that is why we came to clean this place and create awareness on the importance of cleaning up the place.
“This is the first one we are doing; what we are going to be doing is having a periodic clean-up project like this with residents of the community.
“We have spoken with the leader of the community to ensure we do sanitation regularly; we have worked for two hours with about 60 people cleaning up this environment.
“It is a lot of achievement. We had about 12 wheelbarrows full of dirt that we were able to pick from this environment and taken to the dump site.”
Ohajinwa, a Public Health Specialist, said that the project was based on the group’s discovery of the poor condition of the environment, upon routine water and sanitation tour of the community.
Speaking at the event, Mr Oyedepo Jacob, the Chief Scientific Officer of AEPB, said that people must ensure clean environment to stay healthy.
“This is not a highbrow place and it is prone to all environmental health hazards; the drainage here is not well-constructed and litter spread everywhere.
“This can cause an outbreak of an epidemic. Recently, we had a cholera outbreak in Abuja.
“If we do not enlighten these people that are not that enlightened, we will still have an occurrence of this.
“It will be a waste of money; the peanuts they are making will be wasted on drugs and other things that can be discovered from related illness.
“We see this place as a susceptible area and that is why we should enlighten them, teach them to handle their environment, so that they can have a healthy and safe place,” Jacob said.
The AEPB official said that clean-up should be regular to promote healthy living.
Also speaking, Mr Abbey Umar, the acting Head of Intervention, Solid Waste Management Unit of AEPB, decried lack of waste management tools at the Internally Displaced Persons camp.
Umar commended the C-Circle Research and AEPB for the exercise, saying that such would encourage the community to ensure clean environment.
“We carry out sanitation on monthly basis using a pay loader and tipper to pack waste to the proposed site, but with the C-Circle Research advocacy, we will do it weekly.
“We just entered the residence where lots of people had loads of wastes on the access road being blocked by garden waste and other municipal house waste.
“The organisation collaborated with us and there is now free flow of water in gutters here and at the same time packing of refuse, which is a very commendable job.
“God willing, we are going to continue because they do not have any plan of waste management.
“We are going to come here regularly to remove the waste generated on time,” Umar said.
Mr Abubakar Mustapha, Chairman, Karomajigi IDP-Camp, commended the nonfor profit outfit, for commemoration of the World Environmental Day at the camp.
Mustapha said that the camp was made up of 1,000 IDPs, who usually cleaned their environment, but lauded the research organisation’s support for the community.
“We do sanitation depending on when we see that the environment is dirty.
“Anytime the environment is dirty, we call our people to come out and make it clean.
“You see these litter, rubbers coming through the gutter ways? We need to clean the waterways, especially this rainy season,” Mustapha said.
Meanwhile, Chisom Nwankwo, Convener of Skilled Women Initiative, saxid that there was the need for collaboration by environment-based organisations to create awareness on the importance of clean environment.
Nwankwo said: “We must talk about how we can proffer solutions to issues about the environment, which is the first reason for collaboration, and also think about empowerment.
“It is core to empowering women and people living in displaced communities; it is a gradual process.
“Continuous intervention, telling women and community members how important it is that the environment is clean.
“Not only for their environment, also for their health and their well-being; so, it is a continuous thing and advocacy will be the most important tool to use for its sustainability.”
The World Environment Day is usually celebrated on June 5 annually, to create awareness about threats to the environment, due to rising pollution and climate change.
C-Circle is a public interest development-based organisation that is designed to carry out environmental health research and sustainability. (
Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has expressed its commitment to achieving 30 per cent waste reduction as well as addressing other environmental challenges in the FCT.
A statement issued by AEPB’s Deputy Director, Information and Communication, Mrs Janet Peni, quoted the Director, Mr Osilama Braimah, as stating this on Saturday in Abuja.
Braimah said that the board would embark on various activities to commemorate this year’s World Environmental Day, with the theme: “Only One Earth.”
“The theme is a wake-up call to every one of us to develop sustainably, which presents us all with the opportunity to quickly realise that a healthy planet is crucial for our collective prosperity.
“We must embrace the joint responsibility of preserving the earth, the only environment where humans can thrive.
“Climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, pollution and waste all around us are indices to show that our planet earth is on code red and it is growing more ominously every day,” he said.
According to him, the World Environmental Day is marked globally on June 5 of every year since 1972 when Sweden hosted the first-ever UN Conference on Human Environment.
He said that the board was committed to ensuring that waste was drastically reduced, adding AEPB had been putting in place waste transfer stations in some areas within the FCT.
“We have put waste transfer stations in Apo-Gudu, Mpape and Kubwa in the FCT in order to help reduce the amount of waste materials going to our land fill site in Gosa.
“We hope to achieve 30 per cent waste reduction so as to greatly increase the lifespan of our dumpsite in Goza.
“We are very optimistic about delivering one of the dumpsites before the end of this administration,” he said.
The director said that the use of water resources in a sustainable manner was crucial, as it would help in addressing pollution problems.
He said that the board had provided sewage at the Wupa sewage treatment plant where it was being treated.
“We also have small aerators in Guzape, Katampe and Apo-Gudu districts of the FCT.
“These are small waste treatment plants for about 20,000 population equivalent, and they make it possible for us to ensure that polluted water is not discharged into the environment; we treat before discharge,” he said.
Braimah said that the board had embarked on various activities for the commemoration of the day, including a clean-up exercise in some communities and a visit to IDPs’ camp within the FCT, among others.
He said that the essence of the activities was to sensitise people on the need for them to embrace living in clean and decent environment. (
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), on Friday, removed more than 3,000,000 tires used as roadblocks, warning street vendors, corporate beggars and commercial sex workers to leave the city or face prosecution. judicial.Mr. Braimah Osilama, Director of the AEPB, had this to say in Abuja, while addressing journalists on how the board would be strengthened to achieve its mandates.Osilama reiterated the board's commitment to ensure that street vendors, beggars and other groups of people who constitute an environmental nuisance, as well as all forms of waste, are eliminated from the FCT.According to him, the board had removed more than 3,000 tires in the city, the exercise started a few days ago and we are still in it.“We want to make sure that all the tires used as barricades are removed, most people are using them for road marking.“They don't want people passing through the area and these tires are waste, they have no business in a modern city. So, we are already eliminating them, they must use the appropriate signage.“Tires create nuisances, such as public health implications, because they consume water inside during the rainy season and it becomes a living place for mosquitoes there, our health.“They should just use concrete materials to demarcate the area without using tires."We have discussed with some of the security officers who used tires to mark the roads to their offices and they are willing to cooperate with us," he said.AEPB van and owners of some items seizedOsilama said that the AEPB was committed to ensuring that it worked in line with the FCT administration, which was about creating a first-class city similar to others around the world.He said that the AEPB had a new law that would address the prosecution of violators of any type of act, adding that the law had passed the first and second stages in the National Assembly and was ready for a public hearing.Osilama denounced that the previous law was not as rigid as it should be, since when an offender committed a crime and was brought to our mobile court, the person would be sentenced with an optional fine of N500 only.“The offender will easily pay the fine and return to his normal act. But, with this new law it will be tougher and I think it will help us achieve our mandates effectively,” he said.Osilama said the board would make sure street vendors, street vendors and corporate beggars were driven out of the city, adding that the issue had become a big challenge for the board.“No matter how we remove them they will keep coming back, it is a big challenge and what people really don't know is that these street vendors are causing security problems, some of them are involved in robberies and other crimes.“So I call on those who buy from street vendors to stop patronizing them, rather they should go to the stores and buy what they intend to buy, it is safer and healthier.He said that the AEPB also plans to strengthen action against noise pollutants, while warning all owners and operators of event centers, parks, gardens, religious places and other facilities within the FCT areas to comply."We have laws that govern all these acts, the law says that such gatherings should not create a nuisance or disturb other residents, so we want to strengthen the law," he said.Also read: AEPB warns FCT residents to desist from illegal activitiesHe said the AEPB was also planning to start a house-to-house inspection exercise, adding that the effort was to ensure people lived in safe conditions.“The essence of the inspection is to educate people on the importance of always using their dumpsters, and this will help residents keep their environments clean and healthy.“I also want to call on all residents to make sure they pay their utility bills properly to avoid embarrassment,” added Osilama.Mr. Kaka Bello, deputy director of the Supervision and Compliance department, said that the board had been in the exercise of removing used tires at the FCT for the past four days, adding that it was an ongoing exercise.Bello said that the AEPB had gone to areas such as Asokoro, Vía Aeropuerto, Central Zones and the Apo district, adding that the tires were taken to landfills in the Gusa Village in the FCT for recycling.He said the problem of people not respecting the board was a big problem, adding that the board would continue to make sure violators were prosecuted accordingly.