Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Task force clamps down on roadside traders, transporters in Kubwa

The Federal Capital Territory Administration Traffic Management Team has impounded vehicles of some inter-state transporters for operating outside designated areas in Kubwa town.

At least two vehicles belonging to Peace Mass Transit and Abia Line were ceased during the operation, for operating illegally by the roadside and residential areas.

Chairman of the Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the team raided about 15 motor parks operating along roads in Kubwa town. The operation which started before 6am saw many transport operators attempting to withdraw their vehicles from areas where they used to load passengers for interstate journeys in the town in order to avoid the vehicle being impounded.

Attah who gave this explanation recently while conducting journalists on inspection of the exercise in Kubwa, said all the transport operators in the town are going to be affected with the ban which he said was communicated to them some months ago

He said the team had also pulled down all the makeshift shops around Maitama Modern Market, Kubwa, where roadside trading had prevented the use of the Gado Nasko by NYSC camp road for over four years.

“What we did was to free traffic here. The congestion was caused by illegal transporters, illegal motor parks and roadside trading. And we demolished about 25 makeshift shops to clean up this place.

“Some of those transporters were evening operating in residential areas.

“All the traders have been moved into the market and we expect the inter-state transport companies to remain in the new Park which government has spent a lot of resources to construct in the Kukwaba area of Kubwa. As soon as we got the directives from the Minister, we moved them in.”

He advised roadside business operators around the affected areas to either relocate to Maitama or Kukwaba modern markets, just as those that are operating parks at roadside or residential areas, have the option to go to the transport terminal also provided at the Kukwaba market.

The Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, Head of monitoring,  Bello Kaka who also spoke further disclosed that the exercise was an answer to a call by the Bwari Area Council.

Mrs. Hannatu Ibrahim who represented Bwari Area Council, expressed appreciation to the FCT Minister for the job, and pledged that her Council would make sure there was no return of illegality in the areas.

Ibrahim also said that, in addition engaging in enlightenment of the people against such practices, the council would also put in place measures to enable it generate revenue from the area.

In her words, “We will clean up all the dirt and landscape it because if we do not, they will come back. We will also intensify monitoring.”

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