Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCTA Traffic Team moves to end roadside trading in Kubwa

Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Traffic Management Task Team has expressed its commitment towards ending roadside trading and all illegal activities obstructing traffic flow on major roads in Kubwa.

The Chairman of the Task Team, Mr. Ikharo Attah, made the promise during a recent cleanup exercise in the satellite town where over 800 roadside traders were evacuated.

He said that members of the team were mobilized to keep vigil at the roadsides, in order to achieve a total clean-up of the area and ensure that the roads were free from all traffic hassles.

While vowing to sustain the operations, the Chairman noted that the over 800 roadside traders evacuated and moved into the market will not be allowed to return to the roadside.

Attah stated that Kubwa being  one of the biggest satellite towns in FCT, with burgeoning population of civil servants and other residents, can't be abandoned to suffer unprecedented traffic mismanagement.

According to him, the roadside traders' activities that stretched up to the NYSC and Kubwa-Maitama ultra-modern market have been dislodged to allow free traffic flow along that axis.

He said “we commenced the operation at about 11pm Sunday night and it lasted to the till the early hours of the morning.  During the traffic clean up exercise we removed sundry nuisances at the NNPC and NYSC Junctions at Kubwa. Specifically we removed wooden slabs used by the roadside that sell on top of drainages.”

“What shocked me most is the fact that a good number of the traders selling on the road for years own shops inside the market but prefer to sell on the road which was the what they love doing.

“The rot in this area must not be allowed to return since the minister is demonstrating a strong political will to address traffic problems across the city”, he added.

Also speaking, the head, Enforcement operations of the Abuja environmental protection Board, AEPB, Mr Kaka Bello expressed concern over the traffic situations in Kubwa.

Bello vowed that the operatives of the Board would remain committed to the traffic free flow operations around the FCT.

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