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Sewage leakages: Residents want intervention

19 September 2012, 07:18

Abuja - A cross section of residents in parts of Abuja Municipality have called on the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to address the problem of pollution in the Federal capital city.

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, the residents identified their major area of concern as pollution from broken sewage.

A NAN correspondent who visited some of the affected areas observed that waste water mixed with feaces flowed freely on land.

Mrs Helen Anim, the Managing Director, Heleno Restaurant located at the Green Garden along Moshood Abiola way, told NAN that her business was under threat as her customers complained of stench from the sewage.

"I am appealing to the sanitation agency to come to our help for we are problem odour from the leakage."

Another resident,  Mr Abraham Oloniyo of Hits Furniture Nigeria Limited, located on  Aguiyi  Ironsi Way in Maitama District, told NAN that the  sewage line beside the company's fence was posed a  serious health threat to the workers.

According to Oloniyo, the workers have contended with the leakage for more than three months.

"We have made reports to AEPB on this issue but there was no response," Oloniyo said.

Mr Mohammed Yakubu, one of the worker at the company said that the domestic waste and leakage of sewage contributed to water pollution in the nation's capital.

Yakubu claimed that inhaling polluted air could be hazardous to the citizenry.

"These problems are sources of pollution and constitute threats  to our health. I am appealing to the concerned authority to come to our assistance," Yakubu said.

In his reaction, Mr Joe Ukairo, Head of Information (AEPB), told NAN that the board had not received any official reports about the leakages.

Ukairo, who was seen working with his team on some sewage pipelines,  said he would visit the affected areas after completing the  maintenance work.

He said that attributed  the overflow of some sewage to increased underground water but added that human factors had also aggravated the pollution.

For example, he said that in the course of the ongoing maintenance work, the team had found some hard objects in the course of clearing the sewage.

"In the process of carrying out this clearing exercise, we have found some materials which are not easily degradable inside the sewage pipelines," Ukairo said.


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