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AEPB Warns Against Farming In FCT City Centre



Ahead of this year’s farming season, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has warned farmers in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to desist from farming within the city centre.

In a statement signed by the AEPB head of information and outreach programme, Mr. Muktar Ibrahim and made available LEADERSHIP,  the director of board, Mr. Baba Lawan, reminded residents of the territory that it is a punishable offence for anyone to grow crops other than vegetables within a built up areas and other surrounding areas in the Federal Capital City (FCC). 

Lawan added that all farming activities along the expressways and other major roads are completely banned, warning that anyone farming along the length and breadth of the Airport Road, the Kubwa Expressway and any other major routes would be prosecuted and the farm detroyed without compensation.   

He noted that it has become expedient to apply the strict tenets of the AEPB Act No 10 of 1997, Section 19 and 20, which prohibit farming or rearing of animals within built up areas to deter would-be offenders, and more importantly enhance security in the FCT, especially as the May 2019 presidential inauguration draws nearer.   

Lawan added that the ban is significant in order to maintain a befitting and clean environment in FCT as it plays host to a multitude of dignitaries and other visitors who would be gracing the inaugural occasion, noting that this would boost the image of the nation’s capital and increase the chances of attracting the needed foreign investment into Nigeria. 





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