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Dutse traffic: FCTA demolishes structures on right of way
• Hands 7-day ultimatum to Nyanya Park

17th Feb, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka  | ||

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) last week, demolished all encroachments on the road corridor in Dutse Alhaji, in Bwari Area Council, even as it has issued an ultimatum to operators of Nyanya Park to rehabilitate the facility or face sanctions. Chairman, FCTA Traffic Management Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah who led the exercise explained that the removal of the illegal structures became necessary due to complaints from contractors handling the road expansion that they could not access those portions of the site to complete the work.

Ikharo, while making this disclosure during a press briefing last week, further explained that the contractor was scared of so many fictitious interests in the road. He said: "We handed the cleared alignment to the contractors with a demand that they speed up work on the road project. "Before now, Dutse Alhaji used to have gridlock caused by the contractor working on the road. "The contractors called us that they will not be able to work from the Dutse stretch to after the first gate that some people demanded settlement.

We felt that that was wrong because the road belongs to the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the people claimed to have an agreement to run a parking space in the market and demanded that the contractors should pay them 100 Million Naira. "The agreement they have with Bwari Area Council cannot stand on an FCTA property and it did not affect the market parking space. Anything before the electric pole is part of the road alignment, so the contractor was afraid to go and start work, and you know, if the contractor loses hope after we had advanced him with very good amount of money, there will be a problem.

"So this morning we went there early in the morning, we cleared the entire alignment stretch and we had to touch one of the ATM machines there because it was wrongly located in contravention with the plan . You can't put an ATM by the main carriage way, because people will park and disturb commuters. "We have done it before, to Zenith Bank and to Sterling Bank - their ATM stands had to revert. We also touched a particular fence of a religious organisation which has encroached on the road and we have opened up the alignment.

"When we are done with it, we had to call the contractor and told him to quickly speed up the work so that residents will not suffer because of traffic gridlock in that area." Commenting on the interest groups who wanted compensation, Ikharo queried: "The road belongs to all of us as Nigerians and somebody went to sign a lease on top of the road that belongs to us. "That stands ultra vires and null avoid. Even inside the clause, a former Bwari Area Council chairman signed with those demanding compensation, it is stated that, at the point of revocation or termination, the Area council will not be obliged to pay anything", he stressed.

News Update

The lingering land dispute between the Nigerian Army and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) original inhabitants will be resolved amicably by the highest authorities, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured.

Apparently moved by the spirit of being one's brother's keeper, the body said it took the action ''to support the needy and the poor following the FG's lockdown order'' which has kept FCT residents indoors till 14 April, 2020.

The Minister visited the Idu train facility training center which is being outfitted to accommodate 300 beds to be used as an isolation and treatment center, the Asokoro Hospital, the Karu General Hospital and the road leading to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Gaduwa, Abuja.

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