21 jailed in Abuja for environmental offences between March 10 and April 24

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) prosecuted and secured the imprisonment of 21 persons for various environmental offences between March 10 and April 24.

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala  Mohammed, who spoke yesterday at an operation briefing in Abuja, remarked that the FCTA is bent on maintaining a well kept environment in the Federal Capital Territory.

He said apart from those imprisoned, the FCTA also prosecuted 1,258 persons during the period under review.

Senator Mohammed said during the same period, the FCTA through the Abuja Environmental Protection Board sealed off 86 premises for various environmental offences.

He said Environmental Health Officers inspected 1,372 premises to ensure they are clean as the FCTA believes that prevention is better than cure.

According to him, “the Abuja Environmental Protection Board during the period served 1,116 abatement notices and eight premises were fumigated.”

He said the Abuja Environmental Protection Board collaborated with a security firm at Jabi and Gwarinpa I (Life-Camp) districts, which led to the arrest of thieves and recovery of stolen sewer manhole covers; adding that the suspects are currently being prosecuted.

The minister vowed to provide the needed political power for the Abuja Environmental Protection Board to effectively perform its statutory responsibility, stressing that the cleanliness of Abuja is fait accompli because it is the window through which the world sees Nigeria.

In : Abuja

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