Thursday, 18 February 2016

Buhari to Present Prize to Cleanest FCT Area Council.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will by the end of the year, present a befitting golden prize to the cleanest area council in the FCT.

The minister dropped the hint at the recent flagging-off exercise of the Household and Community Sanitation exercise in Abaji, the Headquarters of Abaji Area Council of FCT. Bello was represented at the event by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye.

“The FCT Administration has already put mechanism in place to reward the cleanest area council in the Federal Capital Territory with a befitting prize which would be presented by President Muhammadu Buhari,” the minister said.
He stressed that the culture of a clean environment being spearheaded by household and community leaders must be brought back to the society.

The minister insisted that children and wards should be taught the importance of a clean environment, with a view to eradicating all avoidable diseases like lassa fever, which naturally could be tackled “if rodents like rats could be avoided in our houses.”

As reported on ThisDay, Bello charged the people of Abaji to take cleaning of their environment more seriously. “The FCT Administration has considered the policy of reward and punishment as it concerns environmental sanitation to encourage the residents to proactively clean their immediate environment” the minister said.

According to him, the issues of improved personal hygiene and removal of environmental nuisances in the area councils and satellite towns in the FCT was on the front burner of his administration. He promised to reward the traditional ruler whose domain emerges the cleanest area council.

Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed who was also represented at the occasion by the Federal Director of Forestry, Mr. Philip Bankole said sanitation was vital for human health as healthy people are more productive at the work place.

The minister added that healthy communities also offer more lucrative market for goods and services. According to her, poor sanitation has negative effects on the environment, calling for support to the federal government by participating actively in all the developmental activities.

The Executive Secretary of the FCDA, Adamu Ismaila, some chairmen of the six Area Councils of the FCT, several Directors of the FCT Administration, the Ona of Abaji and the Etsu Yaba attended the flag-off ceremony.

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