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FCTA committed to eradicate open defecation, praises FCDA Executive Secretary

May, 2021 | By Richard Nduu | ||

It is not always that one is lucky to receive public commendations from one's boss on the quality of work. But, obviously for the good job that he has been doing, Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, has received a generous pat on the back from no less a personality than Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

The Minister, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the 1st Engr. U.G. Jibrin Distinguished Annual Public Lecture instituted by the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), described the Executive Secretary in glowing language. The Minister said Engr. Jibrin is "one of our most outstanding engineers and astute administrators in the Federal Capital Territory Administration." He added: "Though working in a highly technical and professional organization such as the FCDA could be a daunting prospect for most people, Engr. Jibrin distinguished himself and rose through the ranks to become the professional and administrative head of the organization" with footprints of his performance in many outstanding civil engineering works in Abuja city.

Not done yet, the Minister said: "We are immensely proud of him and we congratulate the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers for the inspired decision of naming this lecture series after him." Engr. Jibrin is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (FNICE) and a recipient of the national honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola, also hinted that FCTA was working closely with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to completely eradicate open defecation in the Territory, saying the Administration was looking forward to recommendations from the Lecture to add further value to such efforts.

He described as disheartening to note the situation where Nigeria is ranked amongst countries with the highest number of its citizens practicing open defecation amidst the concomitant negative economic, social and health implications. According to him, the country cannot afford to continue along such path. The Minister therefore called for a coordinated and sustainable effort using a multi-pronged approach, including leveraging the expertise and experience of professionals, in the provision of necessary infrastructure

For his part, Engr. Jibrin appreciated the exemplary leadership and support of the FCT Minister which he said spurred him and FCDA to continue to deliver on given mandate. He restated his resolve and commitment to the planning and development of Abuja despite the challenges of inadequate funding, influx of people and vandalization of facilities put in place for the comfort and convenience of all residents. The Executive Secretary added that the ugly practice of stealing and vandalization of manhole and gully pot covers prompted the recent directive by the Minister that immediate steps be taken to replace the facilities.

The honoree, while commenting on the theme of the lecture: 'Prioritizing Development of Sanitation Infrastructure towards Eliminating Open Defecation in Nigeria', said that with the signing of Executive Order 009 on Open Defecation, FCTA moved swiftly to tackle the menace. He stated that arrangements are ongoing for construction of public toilets in the city and Territory in line with the Minister's passion to stamp out the menace, adding that the toilets would be strategically located in the city and would eventually be extended to Area Councils.

This, the Executive Secretary stated, is in addition to the remodeling of already existing public toilets, many of which have been converted for other uses by residents. The remodeling will take cognizance of the environment where they will be located, he revealed. Dwelling further on this, Engr. Jibrin said, for instance, the designs in Maitama will be different from the ones in Nyanya by ensuring that they conform to the aesthetics of their environment. The management and maintenance of the facilities, which are key components of the project in order to guarantee its sustainability, are also being accorded serious attention, he said.

Engr. Jibrin stressed that FCTA was willing and ready to partner professional bodies and associations as well as private sector investors in developing sanitary technologies for the capital city. Speaking earlier, National Chairman, NICE, Engr. (Dr.) Jang C. Tanko, said the Council of the Institution came up with the Engr. U.G. Jibrin Distinguished Annual Public Lecture in recognition and appreciation of Engr. Jibrin's immense contribution to the development of Civil Engineering profession in particular and humanity in general.

He said the choice of the theme for the lecture, which was delivered by Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali, former President, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and who is also the Chairman of FCT Water Board, was influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic which has increased awareness on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

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