Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello orders restoration of Nyanya market, hails task team on road decongestion

In his determination to restore sanity on the Nyanya – Karshi road, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has ordered the reversing of Nyanya market, illegally converted into residential accommodation, to its original purpose. 

He 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 its assignment.

Bello commended the taskforce for what it has achieved, 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.

The minister, however, frowned at the ugly development whereby structures in the Nyanya market initially meant for market stalls were converted into residential accommodation, noting 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 also 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.

The minister further charged the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, and the Satellite Town Development Department, 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.

In his briefing at the occasion, the Taskforce Chairman, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Nienge Rtd, recalled that the taskforce which was inaugurated on April 26, 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. 

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