Abuja - The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says only registered private fumigators would be allowed to operate in the territory.
Mr Uche Agbanusi, Head of Environmental Health and Safety of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that only fumigators who had been duly registered by the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORACON) would be considered.
Agbanusi, who is also Deputy Director in AEPB, said the administration would no longer condone the proliferation of fumigation activities in the FCT.
``The FCTA has considered the duplication of fumigation responsibilities between some satellite development authority (SDA) in the FCT and the attendant consequences and has directed the AEPB to supervise and monitor fumigation activities in the city.
``The Honourable Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed, has approved the harmonisation of fumigation functions and has directed AEPB to regulate and supervise fumigation of residential areas, drainage lines, business plazas and offices in the FCT.’’
Agbanusi said that the board would ensure enforcement as well as strict compliance of the directive to stop the proliferation of fumigation as it endangered health of the people.
While cautioning FCT residents against the use of unregistered fumigators, the deputy director said the board would begin proper sensitisation of residents to the new policy.
``We are going to write to offices, homes and business plazas as part of sensitisation to the dangers of using unregistered fumigators, for they lack proper management of toxic chemicals that can endanger the health of residents.