By Stanley Onyekwere
The ministerial task team on the decongestion of traffic along the busy Nyanya-Maraba road has issued tricycle operators one week, within which, to vacate the Nyanya bridge or risk having their tricycles confiscated.
Handing down the ultimatum, the chairman of the team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the team will be coming down strongly against any tricycle rider who refuses to vacate the premises within the period.
Mr. Attah who spoke with newsmen yesterday, shortly after monitoring the evacuation of street traders from the premises of the Nyanya under bridge, noted that the activities of keke operators contribute immensely to the traffic gridlock on that road.
“We saw very offensive tricycle operators who have formed themselves into a park type of union and subsequently turned the place into a mechanic hub. We have given them one week to quit and if they fail to do so, we will return with heavy duty truck to load the keke napep and move them from this area. We will put our foot on the ground and ensure that they do the right thing.
He therefore advised operators to take their tricycles to the Kugbo mechanic village to get them fixed, stressing that the Nyanya bridge is a strategic urban entry point that can not be converted to a loading park.
“We are keen to growing commerce in the FCT, but not to grow commerce that will be on the road shoulders and impinge on the free flow of traffic so that people do not need to spend hours before getting into the city.
“Nyanya area is the gateway into the FCT from the north east with heavy vehicular movement, so we want to clear up the area and make it a very clean and beautiful entry hub,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of Enforcement Operations at the AEPB, Kaka Bello, said the enforcement has become necessary, as the interchange by the Nyanya bridge has been converted to places of trade and artisan workshops.
He explained that the principal causes of the gridlock is not only vehicular but also due to human activities such as trading.
“This entire interchange has been taken over by keke napep mechanics. The people have turned the place into a park and a place to keep their wares for rentals on market days. We need to decongestant the area because it is part of the traffic problems in this area.”
Bello hinted the FCT administration is currently looking at landscaping and barricading the interchange so as to sustain the achievements recorded by task team.