Stop dumping renovation waste on the roadside- FG warns Abuja residents

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has decried the indiscriminate manner in which Developers dump renovation materials and wastes on Right Of Way.

Speaking at the site of an Inspection exercise in Maitama, the Director, Department of Monitoring And Inspection, Tpl. Olawale Labiyi, said the indiscriminate disposal of renovation wastes is unacceptable, noting that the act has an adverse effect on the City’s infrastructure.

The Director who was represented on site by the Head Of Feedbacks And Implementation Division, Engr. Omotayo Ogunkuade, urge developers to contain their renovation materials and wastes within the boundaries of their plots.

According to Ogunkuade, “There’s a clause in the conveyance letter of approval, either for renovation, or a new construction that mandates developers to limit their working materials and wastes within their plots.”

The Director said it has become worrisome as some developers are cutting deep underground which can lead to cross connection of Storm, and in some cases, it can leak into water supply lines which can lead to contamination of water which can cause water borne diseases. He added that unwholesome practices is also over stretching the Capacity of the treatment plant.

Ogunkuade also said that blocking walk ways with renovation wastes can block infrastructure such as Liquid waste, solid waste, and storm water Manhole.

He added that people should appreciate the huge resources government has spent in place to provide these infrastructures, and desist from acts that will lead not only to its decay, but can also affect the health of residents.

Engr. Ogunkuade noted that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world, this is the time for developers and residents to maintain a high level of hygiene and ensure they dispose of their wastes in the bins provided by Abuja Environmental Protection Board to avoid prosecution by mobile courts.

A member of the Monitoring Team, Obina Nkwocha, who is the Head of City Monitoring Division said there is a need for Trees and shrubs to be pruned before the onset of the Rainy season.

Nwocha said that this has become necessary because they are obstructing the walk ways, covering the street lights, and could also be a danger to residents whenever there is a storm

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