The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has urged residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to always keep their surroundings clean as it will ensure good health.

The Director of AEPB, Mrs Aishat Adebayo, made the call at the quarterly meeting of FCT Residents Sanitation Forum in Abuja on Sunday.

Adebayo said that the board decided to sustain the meeting because it recognised the role that residents played in the cleanliness of a city.

“Residents play an irreplaceable role as major stakeholders in city sanitation, which is why AEPB opens its doors to the public every quarter to carry them along.

“Some residents and business premises are doing well in the area of taking charge of their immediate environment while some others have not done too well.

“Many households and business premises still do not have waste receptacles while in some cases, the available waste receptacles are not adequate, leading to spill over,“ she said.

According to her, the dumping of refuse on the ground is a sign of carelessness and ignorance of the health challenges associated with such act.

Adebayo said that every household was expected to purchase a 240-litre capacity waste bin, while commercial facilities such as plazas and shopping centres should have the“galvanised 1.1 cubic litre“ capacity bin.

She said that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) was committed to eradicating street trading and other “related nuisances.

According to her, offenders will be punished when apprehended.

The AEPB director commended the residents of Uromi St. in Area 2, Garki, for always keeping the road clean.

She pledged that the board would donate sanitation tools to the residents on the street to encourage them to live a healthy life.

The representative of the Area 2 neighbourhood, Mr Obiajunwan Nicholas who spoke on behalf of the residents, lauded the board for its effort at sustaining environmental sanitation.

Nicholas pledged that the residents would continue to support the board?s efforts at encouraging environmental hygiene.

The forum was attended by representatives of the major neighbourhoods and commercial facilities in FCT.

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