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The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council AMMC, last Saturday commenced operations to arrest the incidence of blockage of the Gosa portion of the Abuja Airport Express Road. This is with a view to saving lives and arresting gross violation of traffic rules on a major gateway to the city.  

Speaking to media men on the development, the AMMC, Tpl. Umar Shuaibu stated that this became necessary because of the clear and present danger that illegal trading on the buffers and shoulders of the road portend to life and property. The Coordinator noted that the Gosa Market was located deep inside the community, off the express road buffer zone, but has since spilled beyond its bounds into the Airport Expressway.  

Comrade Umar lamented that this is the reason for some of the accidents being witnessed on that road.  He pointed to regular cases gross violation of traffic rules with motor cyclists and cab drivers running against traffic in order to do brisk business.

His words, “For some time now, travellers on the Airport road on daily basis, especially on Fridays suffer untold hardships on their ways, to or from Abuja, as they have to endure gruelling traffic hold-ups occasioned by traders blocking the road. This has resulted to missing of flights and time wastage.”  

He recalled that the agency has had several meetings with stakeholders of the market warning against trading on the road buffers and shoulders but that the meetings have yielded no meaningful result.”

“What we did today was to remove the empty stalls. We did not even touch the containers which were under lock and key because of the merchandise inside them. We however told the security men to inform the owners to come and move these containers and stalls to the required 500 meters off the express road as required by law.”

Tpl Shuaibu stated that the owners of the containers placed on illegal places have been put on notice to move them inside as officials of the Development Control Department would be coming back for final clearance.

The AMMC coordinator said this is being done because the current FCT Administration has a policy of not wanting to see the people suffer but would not abdicate its responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. He appealed to the people to cooperate with the Administration in its efforts to make Abuja a liveable and sane city.  

Tpl Shauibu expressed regret over the temporary blockage of the road by demonstrating traders, on Saturday, whom he said, have misconstrued their illegalities into a right. He expressed delight that the road was cleared on time, enough to allow motorists to continue with their journey.  

 

Cosmas Uzodinma

Chief Press Secretary

To FCT Minister

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