Ecologist calls for enforcement of waste disposal laws


An Ecologist, Mr. Abdullahi Aremu, has urged the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to intensify efforts toward enforcing waste disposal laws.

Aremu, who is the Director-General, Advocacy for Environmental and Sanitation Integrity, an NGO, made the call in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the board should deal with those who litter the environment with garbage.

He added that “in the FCT, particularly in suburbs of Abuja, managing waste has become a major concern in spite of efforts by government and private organisations in that direction.

That is why it is a common sight today to see heaps of festering waste in many areas of FCT.

Residential apartments, markets, waterways, highways, streets and undeveloped plots of land have been converted into waste
dumpsites for many households.”

The ecologists urged residents of the FCT to dispose waste properly to prevent water pollution.

Aremu said that once water is polluted, it would become unsafe for consumption due to the dangerous or toxic materials in it.

He added that if contaminated, such water could lead to infections, sicknesses and even death when consumed.