Nigerians Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has concluded plans to reward the cleanest Area Council in the nation’s capital with a befitting prize.
The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello stated this after flagging – off the Household and Community Sanitation exercise in Kwali Area Council of the FCT.
The Minister emphasised that the present Administration has considered the policy of reward and punishment as it concerns environmental sanitation to encourage the residents to proactively clean their immediate environment.
He said that, clean environment would help in curtailing diseases such as Cholera, Typhoid and Lassa fever among others that may be hazardous to the residents of the FCT.
The Minister reiterated that improved personal hygiene and removal of environmental nuisances in the Area Councils and Satellite Towns in the FCT, was on the front burner of the current FCT government.
Mallam Bello also disclosed that at the end of the year, the chairman of the cleanest Area Council would not only be recognised but would enjoy certain privileges even at the national level by representing the territory.
According to him, the need to keep the environment clean had necessitated the introduction of the FCT Household and Community Sanitation Exercise, urging the Council Chairmen, Traditional Rulers and community leaders to key into the exercise in their ward level.
He assured Area Council Chairmen that, the FCT Administration would support then financially and with quality policies to drive the laudable programme.
“It is our duty individually and collectively to safeguard and maintain our environment because nobody can do it better than us,” he added.
He also called on the residents of the FCT to imbibe the Change Agenda of the Federal Government, and change their attitude as citizens, civil servants political, traditional, community and religious leaders.
The Minister added that community-based approach to environmental sanitation would lead to a more realistic and sustainable effort in maintaining the environment.
Welcoming guests to the occasion, the Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Mr. Ibrahim Daniel thanked the Minister for introducing the Household and Community Sanitation exercise; adding that it would go a long way in reducing incidences of avoidable diseases in the Territory.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, the Executive Secretary of the FCDA, Engineer Adamu Ismaila, several directors of the FCT Administration and all the four graded traditional rulers in the Kwali Area Council led by the Etsu Kwali also attended the flag-off ceremony.