According to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the organization is committed to making sure Abuja citizens pay their garbage bills.
This was stated on Wednesday following a court hearing about garbage bill defaulters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by Mr. Osi Braimah, Director of AEPB.
When inhabitants of the FCT refused to pay their garbage bills, Braimah scowled.
“Those in court are those who defaulted in non-payment for these services rendered,” he stated. “We are doing these trials to enforce payments for services rendered.”
He reaffirmed that the fees collected by AEPB were money for the services it had provided, not levies.
Since we are in charge of maintaining every treatment plant in the FCT, which comes at an enormous expense, AEPB offers waste management, sewage, and sewage maintenance services, he continued.
He said that although AEPB typically sends out waste bills for a full year, some people have expressed difficulty paying the payments just once.
Since you will have records of your payment schedule for each payment, you can choose to pay quarterly or in any other convenient way when we provide you our bills for a year.
“As we approach the end of the year and enter the fourth quarter of the year, we anticipated that people would have settled their debts by now.
“There are also some residents who, for various reasons, have not paid their waste management bills for years; these are big defaulters; we have records, and we are taking them to court.”
According to Braimah, among the properties being prosecuted are residential structures, banks, and retail establishments.
The director stated that it should serve as a reminder to those who haven’t paid to start making plans to do so.
Because maintaining these services is expensive, we will start to disconnect our sewage services, seal up, and stop providing services to individuals who have not paid.
“We are charging the rates from 2012, which are fairly outdated prices, so we are unable to continue providing free services; the services provided are already subsidized.
“We expect residents to pay because it is heavily subsidised,” Braimah stated.