Honourable Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged the Association of Solid Waste Service and Cleaning  Contractors to desist from using dilapidated vehicles in in the course of their duties in the FCT.

The Minister made this charge when he received a delegation of the Association led by its Chairman, Mr. Lawrence Agbasogba, on a courtesy visit to the FCT Administration.

The Minister said most trucks used in the collection of refuse were rundown and usually constituted a nuisance to residents and other road users on the road. He urged the waste service providers to invest in waste collection and disposal trucks that are road worthy and clean.

The Minister reminded them that their jobs of refuse collection and disposal will have little effect if the refuse are scattered once more on the street due to the use of dilapidated trucks.

The Minister also revealed that the Administration will rehabilitate the access roads to dumpsites in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as part of efforts to make easy the disposal of refuse in the Territory. He assured that work on the roads would be concluded before the commencement of the next rainy season.

He said: “We are lucky it is now the end of the rainy season, by the grace of God you will see changes there before the next rainy season”.

While chastising many of  the solid waste service providers for not doing enough in their assignment of refuse disposal and city cleanliness, Malam Bello however commended those living up to the expectation of the Administration in the discharge of their assignment and providing service to residents despite the challengers they encounter.

The Minister also reiterated the determination of the FCTA to meet its financial obligations to the service providers.

Earlier, the Chairman of the association had commended the FCT Minister for his efforts at city cleanliness and urged the FCTA to look into the possibility of providing land to be used for parking and maintenance of their trucks.

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