The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello has approved the immediate removal of the Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Baba Shehu Lawan.
Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olanipekun has been appointed in his place.
The new Acting Director, Mrs. Olanipekun was formerly the Deputy Director, Environmental Degradation & Development Monitoring, AEPB.
The Minister also approved the immediate removal of all heads of Department as well as Heads of Unit under the Board and directed their deputies to immediately take charge.
The Minister made the changes on Wednesday after he and the FCT Permanent Secretary; Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye met with the former management team of the AEPB.
Malam Bello directed the Director of the FCT Establishment and Training, who was also part of the meeting, to issue the new appointees with their appointment letters.
He said that the former Director and his management team should ensure all handing over processes are completed by Friday.
Meanwhile, the Minister has also directed that the former management team of the Board be constituted into a Special Task Force on the Recovery of N9.8 billion Debt owed AEPB.
Bello instructed that the new Task Force be headed by the former Director of the Board and was given 8 weeks to do the recovery into FCT Administration’s coffers.
At the meeting, the Minister also approved the appointment of Squadron Leader Abdullahi Adamu Monjel (Retired) to head a special team of 200 security personnel drawn from the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to assist in the enforcement of environmental laws in Abuja.
Bello warned that the FCT Administration would not tolerate any act of abuse of fundamental human rights of the residents in the discharge of their duties.