Motorists plying the newly commissioned Inner Southern Expressway (Goodluck Jonathan way) linking the popular AYA to the Abuja city centre, have expressed delight over the provision of streetlights along the road.
A motorist, Engineer Chris Anori said: “This is the best thing that has ever happened in this administration especially to us that live in Karu. No hold up; no traffic jam. Within few minutes you are in town. In fact, it’s really commendable. We are equally happy that government has now fixed streetlights which have now brightened the road especially at night. Sincerely, those of us living in Karu, Jikwoyi, Mararaba and Nyanya areas are very happy with the FCT Minister”.
Another road user Mr. Ayinfa Daniel said: “This is actually quite commendable. From history, you guys know that the Nyanya axis of this road, every morning, every evening, it’s a road that used to have holdup and people get to work late. But since they opened this road, you can leave your house in Nyanya, Mararaba, wherever you are and within 10 minutes you are in town. So, it’s commendable and it’s a big achievement on the part of the Hon. Minister. We commend him for this laudable achievement. I can leave town at any given time without minding if I will meet the traffic or not. But before now, when you get to Power House, there is traffic, you get to deeper life junction, there is traffic. But the opening of this road has decentralized the traffic. So, it’s commendable.
Meanwhile, the FCT Administration has said that as part of efforts to sustain the very significant relief which opening of the ISEX road has brought to the citizens, efforts are being made not only to ensure steady power supply to streetlights on the expressway but also power the remaining sections where construction work is still on-going.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhaamad Musa Bello gave this assurance through the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin during an inspection of the road.
His words: “You can’t imagine the volume of traffic that has been on this road since the time it was opened. So, I think in view of that, we realized the need for some additional lighting even while construction is going on. We are making efforts to ensure that at least this area that is significantly not fully provided, we will do an interim arrangement where there will be some street lights that will provide some illumination within this area, both for the vehicles and for security issues”.
He pointed out that right from the Villa entrance up to the end of the road at Central Bank and the Revenue Mobilisation end where the other contract is commencing, the traffic light system is fully functional. “If you are here at night, you will see the place is well lit. It’s only this portion which is understandable because they are doing some bit of the clearing within the area around the loop where you are going to have the interchange proper”.
He said in order to guarantee steady supply of power, the streetlights would be linked to some of the portion within the Yakubu Gowon Crescent which is already being powered by some dedicated generators. “So, we intend to increase the capacity of those generators to be able to power the ones that we are going to have on the expressway”.
SA Media to the Hon. Minister, FCT