The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday enjoined residents to stop rearing of livestock within the residential areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mrs Aisha Bello, the Director, Department of Monitoring and Inspection, FCTA, gave the instruction during a joint monitoring exercise with relevant Secretariats, Departments and Agencies of the FCTA.
She said that the department organised the joint monitoring activity to address perceptible environmental issues around public facilities within the city centre.
Besides, Bello warned that residents must stop indiscriminate waste disposal and tree felling, saying: “We need to take care of the environment so that it can take care of us.’’
Represented by Mr Omotayo Ogunkuade, Head of Feedback and Implementation in the department, the director advised residents to be mindful of the effects of climate change, while urging them to treat their surroundings with care and respect.
Bello, who stated that government could not be everywhere, urged the citizens to take responsibility for their actions, particularly those relating to public facilities which were meant to make lives easier for everyone.
She also advised the residents to liaise with the Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure that overgrown trees in their neighbourhoods were pruned to prevent the trees from falling on houses, cars and electrical equipment during storms.
At the Jabi Mall side of the Lake, the monitoring team observed that it was littered with waste.
Bello, therefore, advised the managers of ShopRite to ensure that the part of the area being put to use remained clean at all times.
The management of Shoprite pledged that it would monitor the usage of that part of the Lake to avoid littering.
Similarly, at the Kubwa Railway Station, the team observed a worrisome trend of vandalism by hoodlums and dumping of garbage along the Idu-Kubwa railway corridor.
The team urged environmental health officials to partner with the Railway authorities to sensitise the community to need for a clean environment.
The team also underscored the need to involve the security agencies in patrolling the railway line and its adjoining areas to address the menace of vandals.
The agencies involved in the monitoring exercise include Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Satellite Towns Development Department, Area Council Service Secretariat, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Transportation Secretariat.