Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Dutse-Bwari traffic: Banks, plazas marked for demolition

The FCTA Departments of Development Control has begun marking bank and business premises around the Dutse-Alhaji first gate for contravening original land use of their properties by changing their entry points.

The decision was a fallout of a recent inspection tour of the route by the Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Decongestion.

Chairman of the Task Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said that property owners around the area had altered the plan by making their entrances to face the dual carriageway instead of the approved main entrance facing the street behind.

He therefore directed all business premises to immediately close unapproved entry points on the ever busy road, or face the wrath of the law.

He said the structural infraction as well as road side trading along that route contributes significantly to the traffic problems on the Dutsen Alhaji- Bwari road.

According to the chairman, “the property owners have uttered the land use by opening up entrances facing the dial carriageway instead of the approved main entrance facing the street behind.”

Attah explained that the bank and other business premises converted the road shoulders as their parking spaces, adding that short fences were constructed which stretched into the already congested road, which is under reconstruction.

He explains further that, “They were handed down 72-hour notice to immediately seal up their current entrance gates with block walls or face severe sanctions.”

Also on the inspection tour was head Enforcement unit of the AEPB, Kaka Bello and the Dutsen-Alhaji/Dawaki District Development Control officer, Mrs Blessing Ugochuwu.

Mrs Ugochukwu directed some development control personnel to mark the buildings for entrance point contravention warning that the bulldozers would soon be rolling in if the property owners fail to do the needful as and when due.

“Bulldozers will soon be rolling in, if the property owners fail to do the needful,” she said.

The team also inspected the ever-busy ‘Monday market’ at Dutsen Alhaji during which Mr Kaka Bello of the AEPB reaffirmed that the market must never be allowed to spill into the roadside again.

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