The Authority of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory says henceforth, the responsibility of providing waste management services as well as collection of waste service charges in FCT will be handled by Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
Addressing a joint Press conference organized by both AMAC and AEPB in Abuja, the Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Alhaji Abdullahi Candido said the decision to concede the responsibility came as a result of the series of meetings aimed at resolving the lingering dispute which have lasted for over three years.
While noting that millions of Naira were lost on both sides during the period of the crisis, he urged the residents in the capital city to take note and act accordingly.
Speaking further, Candido stressed that as a member of the AEPB Governing Board, he accepts the decision of AMAC to withdraw from waste management activities within the federal capital city in the best interest of both parties and most especially that of residents.
“All cleaning services as well as collection of waste service charges within the FCT will now be the sole responsibility of AEPB.
“Henceforth, all payments for waste management services in the federal capital city are to be made solely to AEPB.
“Subsequently, all pending litigations between AEPB and AMAC and service users regarding issues on waste management within federal capital city are hereby withdrawn” he said.
Partnership with AMAC
In his response, the Director of AEPB, Baba Lawan, said he is fully committed to using his long standing experience in waste management to bring his expertise to bear.
Lawan said that the agreement has brought an end to all the crisis regarding waste management and collection of waste service charge.
He pledged to partner with AMAC in every way possible to ensure that such crisis doesn’t arise in the future.