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FCT Minister tours Airport Road, orders prompt remediation actions

May, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello undertook a tour of the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Expressway (Airport Road) recently. There, he directed that immediate measures be taken to ensure the environmental sanitation and cleanliness, enforcement of traffic regulations and removal of illegal structures along the entire road corridor. The Minister said that the Airport Road is quite strategic as it is the gateway to the city and therefore akin to the front entrance to a home which must be kept clean and aesthetically appealing at all times.

Speaking at Lugbe Sarki, Malam Bello directed that petty traders, artisans and all others who carry out business activities under high tension electricity cables should immediately vacate the area for the sake of their health and conduct their business within the confines of communities. The Minister also ordered that all illegal structures along the road be removed and directed that officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) as well as security agencies should ensure compliance to traffic regulations by road users at all times.

Malam Bello noted with concern the penchant by some road users to drive against the traffic along the Airport Road, stressing that such action puts the lives of other road users at risk. He also pointed out to security agencies the activities of commercial tricycle (Keke) and motorcycle (okada) operators, who have been banned from operating along the expressway, and directed that they should be apprehended and made to face prescribed penalties. Speaking at the end of the tour, the Minister pledged to restore the beauty of Airport Road which, he noted, had been degraded largely due to urbanization and the large influx of people into FCT.

Also speaking, Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Adamu Candido, pledged to complement the efforts of FCT Administration (FCTA) in effecting the measures necessary for maintaining the aesthetic value of the road. The Sapeyi of Garki, Alhaji Usman Ngakupi, who spoke too, also pledged to get the cooperation of his subjects and ensure that they comply with all the traffic and environmental regulations along the road.

The Minister was accompanied on the tour by the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Ciroma, Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Gora Wobin, FCT Director of DSS, Mr. Ado Muazu, Chief of Staff to the Commandant, Guards Brigade, Lt. Col, S. Y Hassan, the Directors of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Development Control as well as heads of relevant departments and agencies of FCTA.

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