FCT Minister promises to make Abuja a ‘green city’

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration and Federal Ministry of Environment in Nigeria have agreed to work as a team to make Abuja a green city to reduce the effects of global climate change.

The Minister of the FCT, Malam Mohahammed Musa Bello, said the Administration would leverage on the robust partnership to transform the Capital city into a mega city that would compete with other developed cities in the world.

Malam Bello disclosed this during a courtesy visit of the Minister and Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Environment in his office in Abuja.

According to him, 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory provides a large platform for the Federal Ministry of Environment to implement its greening initiative.

He further stated that the FCT Administration was exploring the possibilities of establishing a biogas plant at Wupa Sewer Treatment plant.

He added that there was need for additional collaboration due to the  Minister’s expertise and international connection to fast track sewer and solid waste management in the FCT.

We intend to put a mechanism in place for solid waste separation for power generation and agricultural inputs,” the Minister emphasised.

The FCT Administration has realised that a large part of the Territory is a good forest but has been abused through felling of trees and therefore called on the Minister of Environment to see what they can do in arresting the damage done so far”, he noted.

International Level

The Minister remarked that Abuja represents the whole of Nigeria, hence the need to raise it to an international level.

He reiterated that all policy initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Environment could have an expression in the Federal Capital Territory.

For her part, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed said that her vision for Abuja is that of a city of now and the future that would be a role model for other Nigerian cities.

The Minister emphasised that, Ministry of Environment was working assiduously to tackle climate change especially in weather patterns and rising sea levels in the country.

Mrs. Mohammed noted that she was excited to use Abuja as a model for ECOWAS sub-region and urged the FCT Minister to look into the possibilities of using electric vehicles under the FCT Transportation modules even as a pilot scheme in order to curtail the rising level of air pollution from vehicular emissions.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril; FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye and some top government functionaries in the FCT Administration.