By Stanley Onyekwere
Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Traffic Management Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah has said that his team pulled down makeshift shops around Maitama Market, Kubwa because they were illegal and constituting huge traffic congestion in the area.
Attah who gave this explanation while conducting journalists on inspection of the exercise last week in Kubwa, said that the action was part of efforts by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, to ensure residents enjoyed free flow of traffic across the Territory at all times.
His words: “What we did was to free traffic here. The congestion was caused by illegal transporters, illegal motor parks and roadside trading. And we demolished about 25 makeshift shops to clean up this place.
“Some of those transporters were evening operating in residential areas; all the traders have been moved into the market and we expect the inter-state transport companies to remain in the new Park which government has spent a lot of resources to construct in the Kukwaba area of Kubwa.
“As soon as we got the directives from the Hon. Minister, we moved them in.”
Attah further disclosed that his Team arrested two of the inter-state transporters (Peace Mass Transit and Abia Line) for abandoning the park built for them and operating illegally by the roadside and residential areas, and handed them to the Directorate of Road Traffic Services.
“As you can see, the road is now free. The road was never used in the last four years and everyone is happy because there is now free movement of persons.
“That is why we plead with those affected to bear with us, it is an exercise for the generality of the public good,” he stressed.
On his part, Head of monitoring unit of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Bello Kaka explained that the exercise was an answer to a call by the Bwari Area Council, even as he urged leadership of the Council to carry on with enforcement and ensure 24/7 clean up of the area.
Similarly, Mrs. Hannatu Ibrahim who represented Bwari Area Council, expressed appreciation to the FCT Minister for the job, and pledged that the Council would make sure there was no return of illegality in the affected areas.
Ibrahim also disclosed that in addition engaging in enlightenment of the people against such practices, Bwari would also put in place measures to enable the it generate revenue for the Council.
“We will clean up al the dirts and landscape it because if we do not, they will come back. We will also intensify monitoring,” she added.