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Why we pulled down 25 shops in Kubwa Market – Attah

16th Dec, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka and Favour Etionwu | ||

Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Traffic Management Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah has said that his team pulled down all the makeshift shops around Maitama Market, Kubwa because they were illegal and constituted traffic congestion in the area.

Attah who gave this explanation while conducting journalists on inspection of the exercise last week in Kubwa, said that the action was part of efforts by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, to ensure residents enjoy free flow of traffic across the Territory at all times. He said: "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 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 Hon. Minister, we moved them in." The traffic team chairman also disclosed that his team arrested two of the inter-state transporters (Peace Mass Transit and Abia Line) for abandoning the park built for them and operating illegally by the roadside and residential areas, adding that they were handed to the Directorate of Road Traffic Services.

He also revealed: "As you can see, the road is now free. The road was never used in the last four years and everyone is happy because there is now free movement of persons. That is why we plead with those affected to bear with us, it is an exercise for the public good." Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Head of Monitoring, Bello Kaka who also spoke further informed that the exercise was an answer to a call by the Bwari Area Council.

Like Attah, Kaka tasked Bwari Area Council to carry on with enforcement and ensure 24/7 clean up of the area. 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 area. Ibrahim also said that in addition, engaging in enlightenment of the people against such practices. Bwari would also put in place measures to enable it generate revenue for the Council. She also said: "We will clean up all the landscape because if we do not, they will come back. We will also intensify monitoring."

News Update

The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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