5 April 2013

Nigeria: FHA Residents Decry Indiscriminate Dumping of Refuse

Residents of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Lugbe, Abuja on Friday decried the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the area, blaming the action on neglect of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).

Some residents of the estate told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that some of the streets within the area were blocked by refused making them impassable.

Mr Feyi Olaniyan, a resident of Lugbe Extension, said that the refuse dumps in the area were becoming a source of concern to most residents.

He said that the situation had degenerated to the extent that people had stopped using the affected streets, adding that if the situation persisted, people would have no choice than to leave the area.

"Some of us living very close to the sites are finding things difficult; the terrible stench coming from it is unbearable."

Dr Phillip Ugwuanyi, a resident of FHA Phase 2, appealed to the environmental board to find solution to the issue as it could lead to health hazard.

Ugwuanyi said that children living around the area could be prone to manners of diseases and called on AEPB to take appropriate action to avoid the looming health disaster," he said.

Hajia Salamatu Umar, another resident, lamented the spate of refuse dump sites, attributing it to AEPB's negligence.

She called on the residents and AEPB to proffer solution to the problem, saying that if immediate action was not taken it could be disastrous.

The head of environmental sanitation department, AEPB, Mr Abdulkareem Abdulrazak, told NAN that the board had been working hard to evacuate the refuse on weekly basis.

Abdulrazak said that residents of the affected areas had not helped the situation as some of them do not properly dispose their refuse even as the council had provided a pay loader at various sites.


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