By Stanley Onyekwere
As parts of its effort to keep the satellite towns around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), clean, the Satellite Town Development department of the FCT Administration has embarked on massive clean up exercise around the popular Nyanya Interchange and market area.
This was contained in a press statement issued yesterday by the Public relations Officer of the Department, Felicia Meeme and made available to newsmen.
According to the statement, The coordinator of STDD, Isiyaku Tanko Yamawo who inspected the exercise assured that the Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello led-FCT administration remains committed to ensuring a safer and hygienic FCT for all residents.
The Coordinator who added that the exercise would be an ongoing one appealed to residents, particularly those living in the suburbs to desist from dumping refuse on drainages and by the roadsides.
The STDD team carried desilting of drains around the potions interchange and roads leading into and out of Nyanya settlement.
In a related development, FCT Minister has ordered the reversing of Nyanya Market, illegally converted into residential accommodation, to its original purpose.
The Minister gave this directive when the Ministerial Taskforce on Traffic Decongestion and Environmental Sanitation along the Nyanya – Karu – Karshi Road called to brief him on the progress the task team has made on their assignment.
Bello commended the taskforce for what it has achieved so far especially the reduction of gridlock on the road, improvement on sanitation, drop in crime and almost zero record of death by accident on the road.
He however, frowned at the ugly development whereby structures in the Nyanya Market initially meant for market stalls were converted into residential accommodation. He stressed that this was mainly responsible for the spill-over of illegal squatter stalls on the Nyanya interchange, rendering the road almost impassable during peak hours.
He expressed delight over report of the support and partnership of traders and stakeholders in the effort to restore sanity on the road, while calling on the traditional rulers, community leaders and traders’ union to sustain the positive partnership. He further charged the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council – AMMC and STDD to ensure that the road does not return to its dark days of gridlock and filth.
Bello while extending the tenure of the Ministerial task team by another three months, charged the AMMC, STDD and AMAC to work together with the task team and other relevant security agencies in the FCT to enforce this directive.
On his part, the Taskforce Chairman, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Nienge (Rtd), recalled that the Taskforce which was inaugurated on the 26th of April 2017, had swung into action with a series of sensitization efforts in the media and to community leaders.
The Chairman expressed delight with the level of support and cooperation the task team received from the traders and residents, who he noted, showed their satisfaction with the human face of the Taskforce.