Written by Austine ELEMUE

Road repairs: FCTA, traffic agencies partner on hitch-free traffic

As rehabilitation work begins on the Bill Clinton Drive linking the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja with the Umar Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, the FCT Administration has said it is partnering with stakeholders in the traffic management and control sector, as well as other paramilitary bodies, to ensure seamless traffic flow.

The Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Engr. Umar Jubril, told journalists during an inspection tour by the FCTA and the various stakeholders in the traffic management sector, that arrangements have been concluded with the contractor to begin the rehabilitation of the road shoulders in order to facilitate dual movement along the inbound carriageway, while the outbound one is shut.

Jubril advised travelers along that route to plan ahead of their flight schedule in order to avoid the rush and to ensure that the flow of traffic in and out of the airport is enhanced by the time the project fully takes off.

He also charged residents to cooperate with officials and maximize the facility that will be made available to achieve the timely completion of the project.

The executive secretary during the interaction, called on the various stakeholders comprising the FRSC, the DRTS, the Nigerian Prisons, the NSCDC, as well as other paramilitary agencies to reach out to the FCTA on any issues encountered to ensure a smooth project implementation, supervision and delivery.

He said, “This is something that all of us have seen as a necessity, particularly the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Road Traffic Service, especially considering the critical nature of this road, so that we don’t cause any breach of protocols or disturbance to travelers that are coming both in and out of the FCT.”

The project manager, Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company, CCECC, Tony Zhao, while explaining the scope of the project, said it is scheduled to last for seven months, stressing that preparations have been made to cater for the issues of security, the quality of the project and its timely completion for successful delivery.

Also speaking at the occasion, the airport manager, Muhammad Sani, urged FCT residents to use more of the rail and try to get to the airport much earlier in view of these developments.

The OCP, FRSC Adewale Ameen, in his own remarks, said the corps has mapped out a seamless traffic control mechanism that will be deployed in collaboration with the commands around the area and from other neighbouring states, to complement seamless traffic flow while construction work lasts. 

He said taxi drivers have been sensitized on the need to cooperate with officials of the corps, even as town hall meetings have been held with the villages around the place to ensure their journey is planned in order to avoid the rush.

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