By Temidayo Tiamiyu
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello, has sacked the Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, Baba Shehu Lawan. His deputy, Oluwatoyin Olanipekun has been announced as replacement and expected to resume on Friday, 27 May.
Bello also removed all heads of departments as well as heads of units under the board and directed their deputies to take charge.
The minister announced this in a statement on signed by the chief press secretary to the minister, Muhammed Sule. He said the minister effected the changes on Wednesday, 25 May, after he and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Babatope Ajakaiye, met with the former management team of the AEPB.
Bello directed that the former management team of the board be constituted into a special task force on the recovery of N9.8 billion debt owed AEPB. He instructed that the new task force be headed by the former director and gave it two months to recover the debt and remit same into FCT Administration’s treasuries.The minister also approved the appointment of Squadron Leader Abdullahi Adamu Monjel (retired) to head a special team of 200 security personnel drawn from the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to assist in the enforcement of environmental laws in Abuja.