By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has commended the Special Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Decongestion along AYA/Nyanya for delivering on its mandate of decongesting traffic on that road axis within a very short time frame.
Bello made the commendation when he received the interim report of the activities of the Task Team in his office.
The Minister noted that his conviction that the affairs of the society can be changed for the better has been buttressed by the zeal and dedication the Task Team put into the assignment and the result it achieved in record time.
He stressed that the problems of managing the FCT are from within and these can be fixed with and by dedicated people who will put in their best and be committed to make the difference.
He however assured that all the recommendations made by the Task Team will be implemented.
“The conviction of our dear President that if we all put in our best we can change this country, and this has been clearly demonstrated by your well-coordinated team.
‘It shows you also that all the solutions to all our problems are actually within us, it’s just a matter of everybody being dedicated, putting in their best,” he said.
Furthermore, the Minister advised that there was a need for coordinated and concerted efforts by all stakeholders for things to work.
He adds that: “One tree cannot make a forest and you cannot survive if you are just an island. So you have to relate with people around you, relate with relevant officers and at the end of the day if we all do that, Nigeria is going to be better.”
Earlier in his presentation , the Chairman of the Task Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah emphasized that there was a need to sustain efforts to check the excesses of motorists, as even the current expansion work by the Federal Government on that road will not make a difference if this was not done.
According to him, one of such excesses was the unwillingness of uniformed personnel to obey traffic rules and comply with road traffic directives.
He noted that many drivers lacked lane discipline and exhibited arrogance while driving with little consideration for the rights of other road users.
He also explained that traffic clogging at the Nasarawa State axis of the road made it difficult for the Team to manage traffic.
He therefore reiterated that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) should be involved in the simultaneous control of traffic in Nasarawa State and the FCT.
It was gathered that the some of the recommendations made by the Team include a total stoppage of roadside trading, concerted enlightenment campaign for uniformed personnel and immediate fixing of potholes along the road that hinder the free flow of traffic.
It would be recalled that the FCT Minister, had inaugurated the Task Team two weeks ago with a mandate to clear the traffic gridlock and ensure free flow of traffic along the AYA/Nyanya road as part of measures by the FCT Administration to ease the discomfort of motorists who ply that route on a daily basis.