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AEPB loses over N100m in revenue

12 March 2013, 16:11

Abuja - The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) said on Tuesday that it had lost over N100 million in revenue due to illegal sewage connections by residents of the FCT.

Mr Joe Ukairo, the Head of information and Outreach Programme of the board, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Ukairo said that the board had discovered about 300 properties in the FCT involved in the sharp practice.

He said that the baseline data collection process would soon be completed after which the board would serve the culprits with abatement notice.

He added that the abatement notice would compel the culprits to pay connection fee or face legal action.

The culprits, he said, would be asked to report to the AEPB and pay the statutory connection fee before they would get connected ``under our strict supervision''.

If they default, the board would institute legal action against them, Ukairo said.

Ukairo explained the illegal connection of sewage lines to the water drains was causing the city to stink.

 ``Storm water drains are different from sewage lines and the configuration is purely `sewer to sewer’ and any illegal connection can be bringing out odour.

``These storm water drains are meant to flush aerial water to the sewage plant which has a different function with that of the sewage lines.’’



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