The FCT Administration has commenced the long-expected removal of all illegal structures along the Abuja-Nyanya-Jikwoyi-Karshi route, to pave way free flow of traffic in the area.
Officials of the special Taskforce on decongesting Abuja-Nyanya-Jikwoyi-Karshi moved into its next phase of the clean-up, which is removal all illegal structures earlier marked for removal, for encroaching on the road corridor, resulting in serious gridlocks on the axis.
Chairman of the taskforce, Major General Emmanuel Nienge (rtd) while addressing journalists during the clean-up exercise last week, explained that the aim of the exercise was to “achieve seamless human and vehicular movement along the road as well as ensure safety of lives and property in the area.
Nienge, while appreciating cooperation of all stakeholders in the task, however warned that the long period of grace was over.
According to him, “now is the time for action, to remove all structures causing holdup and making life difficult for commuters on this route.
“We are here to remove all the illegal structures, especially those extensions that reach to the road.
“We have given the traders enough time. Most of them have complied and removed the structures, as you can see, some have not done that, so we will help them to remove them. We will not touch any legal structure.
“And while we still urge them to quickly remove them by themselves so that they don’t get destroyed in the cause of our bulldozers doing it for them; we still reserve a very short window for those who assure us they will carry out self-removal.”
He further added that his team would sustain patrol of the area after demolishing the illegal structures, so that such structures do not spring up again.
Meanwhile, many residents who trooped out to witness the exercise commended the FCT Administration and the FCT Minister for the clean-up and completion of projects in the City Centre, urging them to do more.
One of the residents, Mr. Ayoola Amao, who described the removal exercise as a welcome development, saying that the exercise was good for the residents in that area.
She said: “I appreciate the FCT Administration under Muhammad Bello for the good work his taskforce is doing here in our area.
“I also commend the Minister for completing some abandoned projects.
It may be recalled that the FCT Minister inaugurated the Task Force on Traffic Decongestion and Environmental Sanitation along the Nyanya-Karshi road axis on the 25th of April 2017. And following the expiration of its 6 months mandate, the Minister extended its time frame by three months.