The new Board of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) was inaugurated on Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello at the International Conference Centre (ICC) alongside those of other Agencies and Parastatals.
Thereafter, the Chairman of the AEPB Governing Board, Dr Yahaya Bawuro. held a brief meeting with the Management Staff of AEPB at the Board’s Conference room. Dr. Bawuro who expressed happiness being part of AEPB promised that he and his team would cooperate with the AEPB staff to ensure they succeeded in the important task of keeping the territory clean as according to him ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’.
He stated that his immediate task ‘will be to ensure that the six Area Council Chairmen’ who are by the provision of 1997 AEPB Act No 10 statutory members of the governing Board, ‘are brought on board’ since they are key to the smooth operation of the Board.
It is hoped that with the reconstitution of the Board by the FCT Administration, AEPB would achieve greater heights in terms of more effective coverage of the territory through greater collaboration between officials of the Board and those of the Area Councils.
This much was expressed by the AEPB Director, Baba Shehu Lawan, who by his position is a member and also the Secretary of the newly reconstituted Board in his Welcome Address.
While commending the Chairman and other members present for their timely visit to the AEPB Head office so quickly after the inauguration, AEPB Director noted that this uncommon display of commitment and ‘can-do spirit’ would no doubt move the Board to greater heights in every sphere of its operation.
He expressed hope of better days ahead for AEPB, with the calibre of members of the Board and the fact that the Chairman is himself .’a seasoned environmentalist’.
Baba Lawan revealed that the existing 27 Cleaning Districts serviced by 27 cleaning contractors would be expanded to 48 in the new city cleaning contract agreement that comes into effect in June 2018 as a means of improving AEPB’s service delivery capacity and effectiveness.