The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday, commenced the long-expected removal of all illegal structures along the Abuja-Nyanya-Jikwoyi-Karshi road, to pave way for free flow of traffic in the area.
The illegal structures were earlier marked by the ministerial
taskforce on the decongestion of the road, for encroaching on the road corridor, leading to serious gridlocks experienced on the axis.
Chairman of the taskforce, Major General Emmanuel T. Nienge (rtd),
told newsmen during the clean-up operation that the exercise is;
“aimed at achieving seamless human and vehicular movement along the
road, as well as ensure safety of lives and property, which could be lost due to any accident.”
Nienge, while appreciating the cooperation of all stakeholders in the task, however, warned that the long period of grace was over,
affirming that “now is the time for action, to remove all those
structures causing holdup and making life difficult for commuters on this route.”
He continued: “We are here today to remove all the illegal structures, especially those extensions that reach to the road. We have given the traders enough time. Most of them have complied and removed the structures, as you can see, but you can also see that some have not done that. So, we will help them to remove them. We will not touch any legal structure.”
The taskforce chairman also reiterated that the FCT Minister, Malam
Muhammad Musa Bello has given the taskforce “additional three months”,
adding that his team would sustain patrol of the area after
demolishing the illegal structures so that such structures do not
spring up again.
Meanwhile, some residents who trooped out to witness the exercise
commended the FCT Administration and the FCT Minister for the clean-up and completion of projects in the City Centre and urged them to do
One of the residents, Mr. Ayoola Amao, who spoke with newsmen
described the removal exercise as a “welcome development”, saying that the exercise was good for the residents in that area.