Ramatu Aliyu, minister of state for the federal capital territory (FCT), has directed the evacuation of waste in suburbs of the nation’s capital.
It was learnt that the minister’s directive is coming on the heels of concerns of a possible disease outbreak in these areas soon.
Aliyu’s directive was contained in a statement issued by Obinna Ogwuegbu, coordinator of the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD).
The coordinator quoted the minister as saying all the companies that have been engaged for the job should swing into action immediately.
“As a follow up to the earlier directive of the FCT minister of state, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, for the total clean-up of area councils and their environment,” the statement read.
“The minister has further called on all cleaning service providers engaged for the purpose of cleaning, evacuation and management of waste at the satellite towns to move to sites and effectively clean up the areas.
“Her further directive is the consequence of continued inspection by the Coordinator of STDD at Nyanya, Karu, Kurudu, Orozo, Jikwoyi, Karshi and other towns around them.
“During the inspection, it was discovered that despite the efforts being put by the STDD to restore the environment at these towns, there is need for improvement by the Service providers.”
Ogwuegbu said the minister asked residents to dispose of waste properly and stop open defecation.