By Stanley Onyekwere
In a swift move to end the incessant traffic gridlock on the ever busy Nyanya-Mararaba axis of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a special Ministerial Traffic Control Committee has commenced intensive clearance of obstructions to traffic flow in the area.
In particular, the Team constituted yesterday by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, immediately evacuated petty traders, motorists along the road corridors, thereby easing human and vehicular traffic movement on the axis.
Speaking during a chat with journalists, Chairman of the Team on Traffic Management, Ikharo Attah, disclosed that the exercise followed a strong directive by the FCT Minister.
Attah said the Minister ordered that the committee must ensure that Abuja residents beginning today (yesterday) evening experience free flow of traffic on the axis.
According to him, “The Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, gave a matching order that the traffic along Abuja-Keffi road precisely along Nyanya and Karu interchange be immediately tackled.
“The Minister doesn’t want to see any traffic jam along that road spanning about one and half kilometers from Kugbo through Karu bridge, down to Nyanya bridge.
“We will ensure that those selling along the road corridors and commercial taxi drivers carrying passengers as well as those plying other trade that contravenes the traffic rules and laws of the city are not allowed to operate within the framework of that busy area.”
While lamenting the plight of commuters who wastes hours on road after the day’s job, Attah said that the team comprising of officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and the Nigeria Police, has already swung into action to mitigate the reoccurring nightmarish situation.
He expressed optimism that within the next few days, traffic not just along Abuja-Keffi road, but order busy areas will wear a different look.
Attah however disclosed that the Ministerial team is expected to submit a comprehensive report on the exercise to the Minister within 7 days, for prompt consideration and action.
He added that after the Abuja Keffi experience, the Minister will turn emphasis to other locations such as Kubwa road and others.
Ikharo disclosed that the alternative route; the Apo Karshi road will soon be delivered the the Wasa Ara portion of the road is almost done and the portion of Apo Karshi that needed blasting would soon be concluded. When that is done, some traffic would be diverted to ease the road.
Similarly, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has warned that offenders will definitely be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.
“There should be no reason for the traffic jam. People abdjugating their responsibilities. We will go there, look at it and share tasks.
“FRSC is a critical partner because we can use them to try offenders instantly, to serve as deterrent to others.
He also urged the FCTA to ensure that the potholes along the road are fixed, to help ease movement on the axis.
As at press time, it was gathered that the traffic congestion which is seen as a normal occurrence on Abuja-Keffi road was already free due to the intervention of the committee.