In a bid to tackle the traffic jam along Abuja-Keffi road, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, Thursday, set up a committee to evacuate the road sellers along the corridors to ensure free flow of traffic in the area.
According to the Chairman of the Task team on traffic management, Ikharo Attah, who disclosed that the Minister has directed that the committee must ensure that Abuja residence beginning today (Thursday) evening experience free flow of traffic.
“The Minister of FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, today gave a matching order that the traffic along Abuja-Keffi road precisely along Nyanya and Karu interchange be immediately tackled.
“The Minister doesn’t want to see any traffic along that road spanning about one and half kilometers from Kugbo cleveite through Karu bridge, down to Nyanya bridge.
“We will ensure that those selling along the road corridors and commercial taxi drivers carrying passengers as well as those plying trade that contravenes the traffic rules and laws of the city are not allowed to operate within the framework of that disturbing area.”
While lamenting the plight of residence who spend nothing less than five hours on the road after the day’s job, Attah said the team comprising of Police, FRSC, VIO and officials of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has already swung into action.
He expressed optimism that within the next few days, traffic not just along Abuja-Keffi road would wear a different look.
He further submitted that the committee was expected to submit a comprehensive report on the exercise to the minister within seven days.
On his part, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, warned that offenders would definitely be tried.
He said: “There should be no reason for the traffic. People abjugating their responsibilities. We will go there, look at it and share tasks. FRSC is a critical partner coz we can use them to try offenders instantly.”
He also urged FCTA to ensure that the potholes along the road are fixed.
As at press time,Blueprint reporter gathered that the traffic congestion which is seen as a normal occurrence on Abuja-Keffi road was already free due to the intervention of the committee.