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Traffic decongestion:  850 shanties, others to go in Gwarinpa
• Apo, Gudu, Kubwa next

16th Dec, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

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.

The road is an arterial highway that stretches from 3rd Avenue in Gwarinpa through Gishiri village to NICON Junction which when constructed would free up traffic from other roads in and out of the sprawling Gwarinpa District. Director, Department of Development Control, Tpl. Muktar Galadima made the disclosure last week while speaking to journalists during marking of the affected shanties in Gwarinpa.

He said: "There are encroachments on that arterial road and we have directive from the Honourable Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to remove them; so we need to nip them in the bud before they turn into what people will begin to claim right of ownership for." Galadima further revealed that his men would remove the shanties and clear the road corridor within the next three months.

Deputy Director, Monitoring and Enforcement in the department, Tpl. Garba T. Kwamkur who was part of the exercise, added that the department was giving marching orders to rid the Territory of illegalities, saying it was doing everything possible to keep Abuja in line with international best standards. Kwamkur also stated that after clearing the shanties, the road surface would be leveled to enable people use it on a temporary basis even before award of contract for its construction.

According to him, the shanty removal exercise was a continuous one which would be extended to other areas including Apo, Gudu and Kubwa. In another development, Galadima has been conferred with an award of excellence by Taraba State students who ambushed him while addressing the journalists. In his acceptance speech, Galadima said: "I express sincere gratitude to God and you, my brothers, for this award.''

Beaming, he added: "I am not worthy of all the attributes you showered on me. This award is not for me; it is for the entire staff and management of the Department of Development Control and the Press who support us in the work we do. I pray that God should continue to give us the courage and wisdom to continue to do the work we are doing."

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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