FCT: Public toilets not shelters for hoodlums – Association

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By Salisu Sani-Idris

The Public Convenience Maintenance Association (PCMA), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has denied claims alleging misuse of public toilets as shelters by hoodlums in the nation’s capital.

The Secretary of the association, Malam Usman Umar, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday in Abuja.

Umar said, ” The attention of the association has been brought to a recent report in one of the national dailies alleging misuse of public toilets as shelters by hoodlums.

” The reporter claimed to have visited some public toilets at Area 1 Roundabout and Lugbe close to car wash, alleging that belongings of hoodlums in different bags were seen within the facilities.

” We firmly deny these claims. We want to emphatically state that our inspections haven’t revealed any evidence supporting the reported concerns.”

Umar said that the association would continue to maintain its commitment to providing clean and functional public toilets.

This, according to him, is with a view to eradicate open defecation by year 2025 inline with Presidential Executive Order 009 throughout the FCT.

He reiterated that the association was committed to collaborating with relevant authorities to ensure the safety and proper use of public facilities in Abuja.

Umar said, ” We encourage anyone with real information about misuse of public toilets to contact us directly.

” We also restate our appreciation for the government’s initiative (Presidential Executive order 009) to build public toilets and eradicate open defecation.

” The association uses this opportunity to express its satisfaction with the leadership style of the FCT Minister, Nyeson Wike; the Minister of State, Dr Mariya Bunkure and Executive Director of FCT Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA).

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” We are also grateful to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the FCT Commissioner of Police, Director of DSS and other security agencies for their hard work to secure the lives of FCT residents and keep Abuja clean.” (NAN)

Edited by Taiye Agbaje/Bashir Rabe Mani

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