In furtherance to fulfilling the promise made by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to massively complete on-going road infrastructure in the Federal Capital City, the FCT Administration has opened the completed sections of roads B6, B12 and Circle Road including three underpass bridges at the National Stadium end of the road connecting the Central Business District with the Airport Road.
The underpass bridge project was designed to provide conduit for huge pedestrian traffic crossing to and out of the National Stadium from the proposed Stadium Railway Station after every sporting event like football match.
It would be recalled that, the Minister had pledged last month, that his Administration is embarking on massive completion of some critical roads within the Federal Capital City with specific promise to complete the 10-Lane Kubwa and Airport Roads by December 2016 and first quarter of 2017 respectively as well as B6, B12 and Circle road around the three-arm-zone.
The completion of the 3nos. underpass bridges at this strategic location is today history as motorists have started plying the road since last week. The road from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to the Federal Secretariat beside the Millennium Park, abandoned for several years has also been completed and opened to traffic.
Some journalists, who were led to assess the job completion, spoke to some stakeholders including the FCT Director of Engineering Services Department.
In his remarks, the FCT Director of Engineering Services Department, Engineer Adamu Alfa Abu said that the B6, B12 as well as the Circle road projects are nucleus roads traversing the Three-Arms-Zone, Central Business District were awarded in phases and the first one in 1983.
According to him, the Three-Arm-Zone houses the Presidential Villa, National Assembly and the Supreme Court while the Central Business District houses the Federal Ministries, cultural zone, diplomatic areas among others.
The Director stated that the second stage of the project, which included all the roads crossing the B6 and B12 along the Central Business District, was awarded in 1988.He revealed that the second carriageways of the B6, B12and Circle Road project was awarded in 2007 but was moving at a slow pace due to poor funding; pointing out that this Administration, has, however, fast tracked it by making available adequate funding in 2016 Appropriation.
According to him, all these have been completed and opened to the public in fulfillment of the promise made by the Minister, which has gone a long way in knocking-off traffic congestion for the motorists coming from the Airport axis especially at peak hours.
The Director revealed that the FCT Administration has discharged all its obligations by making all outstanding payments to the contractors for the executed and certified work done which has enabled the contractor to return to site and complete the job.
Some of the drivers and motorists that spoke to journalists commended the FCT Administration for keeping to its promise of completing and opening the road and bringing succor to the motorists as the knotty traffic logjam often experienced at peak hours has disappeared.
However, Newspaper Vendor at that portion of the road is lamenting that the freed traffic has taken away his business and said he is preparing to relocate to another place because nobody stops to buy his Newspapers/Magazines again.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Tuesday, December 20, 2016.