Today, it gladdens the heart that despite the heightening recession, FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has followed through on his words by ensuring that critical ongoing road projects he met on ground are given the desired impetus to ensure that work continues with some of them partially completed and opened to the public for use.
One of the projects that readily come to mind is the gateway into and out of the capital city – the trumpet overhead bridge linking the Bill Clinton Drive with the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road) and Gwagwalada-Giri axis.
Before the coming of this present administration, that segment of the airport road, including some stretch towards the Gosa Village area regarded as the Centenary, remained uncompleted.
As a result, traffi c coming from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport had to be redirected to go and take a u-turn around the Giri axis of the road and then the traffi c coming from Gwagwalada and going to the Airport, had to go through some clumsy arrangements because that portion had remained uncompleted, arising from nonpayment of accrued liabilities to the contractor.
But when the present FCT Administration came on board, the Minister took cognizance of the importance of this road, especially for the in-bound traffi c and out bound to the airport and he dedicated to clear all the outstanding liabilities to the contractor of this project.
Now the bridge has been completed, fully opened to traffi c because of the commitment of the administration and the acceptance of the contractor that his liabilities have successfully been paid and they therefore came back and delivered the project.
Beside the airport road, there is the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX) around the Nyanya/Keffi axis of the city.
Without any doubt, this is one of the major infrastructure projects of the city that during the last one year, the contractors have been able to connect the railway bridge and all the other intersections along that road and now the fi nal portion of that road is being readied for commissioning.
Th e ISEX bridge is one of the longest bridges in Abuja under construction.
It is about 400 meters and this is a road that has quietly been worked upon for the last few months for which most people did not know about.
By the time this road is done, the entire segment, right from the Nyanya axis, right through AYA, to the Villa bridge, right through to the Louis Edet bridge, across the River State House, right through to the CBN and crossing the massive ISEX bridge will link up the entire area up to Galadimawa.
Of course this is going to create a very major arterial road within the city that will open up and ease traffi c.
More importantly also, about a kilometer from the ISEX bridge, it is going to link up to the road traversing the diplomatic centre, so that it will go as an underpass and burst out around the two twin towers, which will link up to the Abuja Metro line station.
By the time this is done, it’s really going to make this city more beautiful than it is.
Th e contractors have fulfi lled their promises based on the payments that the FCT Administration have been making to them and as well as the level of supervision given FCTA engineers.
Other ongoing road projects that are nearing completion as a result of improved funding by the FCTA include the central boulevard’s B6 and B12 Roads otherwise known as Constitution and Independence Avenues respectively, which traverse the World Trade Centre and the Diplomatic Zones.
Th ere is the Kuje/Gwagwalada road which was stalled but has now been revived and the contractors are on site working daily.
Th ese are major infrastructure that hold the key to the economic and social vibrancy of the City and the FCT Minister deserves kudos for giving the, adequate attention.
Danladi Akilu, Abuja