Army Commends AEPB for Averting Environmental Danger

Army Commends AEPB for Averting Environmental Danger

Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Commanding Officer of 7 Guard Battalion, Abuja, Lt Col. Mukhtar Daroda has commended Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for helping to avert a looming epidemic caused by a blown out sewer manhole which was spewing offensive odour and impending disease in Lungi Barracks.

Lt Col. Mukhtar Daroda expressed concern over the increasing problem of waste management in the Barracks due to increasing population of between 800 to 1000 households in some cases.

He called on AEPB to undertake an assessment of the prevailing situation in the barracks and advice accordingly on what to do to ensure a clean and safe environment for soldiers and their wards.

While stating that AEPB was a very important partner in the business of making the city safe and free of miscreants, he promised to build on the existing relationship between the two which he said is a ‘symbiotic’ one.

His words,’ ‘the primary goal of my visit is to develop synergy with key institutions within the territory’ having just assumed his new post and the second ‘is to appreciate the good work AEPB is doing in Abuja and also in the military barracks where the problem of waste management is on the rise…’

Daroda equally commended the efforts of the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello towards developmental issues especially as it concerns completion of on-going projects in the FCT where various contractors have been busy.

On the issue of enforcement of its laws and problems being faced by the Board in clearing the city of illegal structures and preventing criminal activities such as theft of manhole covers which pose  grave threat to pedestrians and motorists as well as serve as hiding places for criminals,

While pledging to assist AEPB at any time, he advised the Board to ‘endeavor to notify the military when moving to volatile in other to beef up strength and not risk the life of your people who are doing a good job.

He promised that the military would keep its ‘eyes and ears open to reduce the scourge to the barest minimum’.

The HOD Administration and Supplies, Mr. Jacob Areo who received the team on behalf of the Director AEPB, Baba Shehu Lawan, expressed delight at the visit and emphasized that environmental duty was an all-encompassing one that touches on the general wellbeing of residents.

He identified some of the problems of maintaining a sustainable environment as attitudinal, societal and intentional.

He added that AEPB contends with various forms of nuisances ranging from waste nuisance to human nuisances in the form of illegal squatters in unapproved shanties that dot the city, hawkers, miscreants, destitute who engage in all sorts of nefarious activities including defacement of the city and damage of public facilities.

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