The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, on Tuesday, disclosed that 22 concessionaires have been certified to commence waste collection in Area Councils and Satellite Towns in the FCT.
Akinjide, who made this known at a meeting with the leadership of the Trade Union Congress, FCT Council, said the Administration had delineated the area councils and satellite towns into 22 lots for the purpose of daily waste collection from households in the six area councils.
According to the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Oluyinka Akintunde, the move aimed at ensuring a clean environment in the area councils and satellite towns.
The minister stated, “The selection process for the licensees have been done in line with the National Procurement Act. The Administration has shortlisted 22 concessionaires and award letters have been issued for them to start as soon as possible.”
She disclosed that the Administration through the Satellite Towns Development Agency would acquire heavy equipment and trucks as part of measures to ensure effect waste management in the area councils and satellite towns.
“The STDA is already providing infrastructure in the area councils and also supporting the councils in the area of capacity building in line with Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda,” she added.
She assured residents of the territory that more high capacity buses would be provided by the FCT Administration to enhance the transportation system.
“The FCT Administration carried along stakeholders in the transport sector in the implementation of the new Transport Policy. More high capacity buses are to be provided to support existing ones,” she explained.
The FCTA had on June 3 commenced the new transport policy in the territory which restricted mini-buses to the area councils and satellite towns. There are over 300 high capacity buses and 160 Abuja taxis currently operating
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of TUC FCT Council, Comrade Aliyu Musa, had expressed the labour union’s support for the new transport policy saying that it was for the overall interest of residents and visitors to the federal capital city.
Musa commended the FCT Administration for being proactive in the management of the transport system in the nation’s capital.
“We, however, will advise that the Administration should provide more high capacity buses as well as enforce the use of designated bus-stops by commuters.
“Buses should no longer be allowed to stop at irregular places. The new Transport Policy is necessary for the security of the residents,” the TUC chairman stated.