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Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Kubwa: Traffic Task Team dislodges 800 roadside traders

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By Stanley Onyekwere

No fewer than 800 roadside traders were evacuated from major roads in Kubwa area of Abuja, when Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA ) Traffic Management Task Team took its operation to the area.
In particular, the affected roadside traders were immediately moved into the market, with a strong warning not to return to the roadside.
It was gathered that the dislodged roadside traders were said to have hitherto obstructed traffic flow in all the major roads in the area.
Speaking after the exercise, the Chairman of the Task Team, Mr. Ikharo Attah said that members of the team were mobilized to keep vigil at the roadsides , in order to achieve a total clean up of the area and ensure that the roads were free from all traffic hassles.
Attah explained that the team decided to commence the removing and burning of all the debris of woods and stalls the traders used in clogging the area around 11pm Sunday night and ran through to early hours of Monday, to avoid creating unnecessary scene that would further compound traffic woes of motorists and commuters going to work .
He also stated that Kubwa being one of the biggest satellite towns in FCT, with burgeoning population of civil servants and other residents, can’t be abandoned to suffer unprecedented traffic mismanagement.
According to him, the roadside traders’ activities that stretched up to the NYSC and Kubwa-Maitama ultra modern market have been dislodged to allow free traffic flow along that axis.
He said: “We commenced the operation at about 11pm Sunday night and it lasted to the till the early hours of the morning.
” During the traffic clean up exercise we removed sundry nuisances at the NNPC and NYSC Junctions at Kubwa. Specifically we removed wooden slabs used by the roadside that sell on top of drainages.”
” What shocked me most is the fact that a good number of the traders selling on the road for years own shops inside the market but prefer to sell on the road which was the what they love doing.
” The rot in this area must not be allowed to return since the minister is demonstrating a strong political will to address traffic problems across the city.”
Also speaking, the Head, Enforcement operations of the Abuja environmental protection Board ( AEPB), Mr. Kaka Bello expressed concern over the traffic situations in Kubwa.
He reiterated that the operatives of the Board would remain committed to the traffic free flow operations around the FCT.

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