By Taofeek LAWAL, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has issued one-week ultimatum to property owners and traders around the Nyanya interchange to vacate site to ensure smooth running of the ongoing construction works in the area.
The ultimatum was issued by the Chairman, FCT Traffic Management Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah against the backdrop of the return of traffic gridlock, occasioned by the contravening structures on right of way of the ever-busy Abuja-Keffi road.
According to Attah, the vacation order followed an on-the-spot assessment of the issues affecting the traffic movement in the area.
He said a standing order to immediately vacate the site have been given to owners of the affected structures that are mainly old structures made of mud, especially those who have received compensation for their property and have been duly compensated some months for road expansion.
The FCT traffic management team held an on-the-spot meeting with the Nyanya component made of the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Area Commander of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) and the Police DPO in the area. The DPO of Nyanya, DPO of Karu, Unit Commander of the FRSC, DRTS Area Commander, Assistant Director, Enforcement of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Kaka Bello were also on ground, together with the Directional Traffic Officers (DTOs).
He said, “We were briefed by the Ministry of Works and what we saw was at the inbound road by the Nyanya Market, there are some areas where they have issues of compensation for one or two structures, which they are working on. But the outbound road around the Nyanya interchange, that’s coming from the city towards Mararaba have been paid compensation fully.
They are still just hanging and staying around that particular area, which is in contravention.
So everyone who has collected compensation particularly around the Nyanya interchange, where you have the pantakers should vacate because we will be clearing them very soon.
We would be strongly coming to remove them, because the Federal Government through the Ministry of Works has paid them full compensation, so that the construction work can go on.”
“We have told the owners in clear terms that they should stop. And the road side trading must also stop as the traffic issue is getting worrisome, because traders want to trade on the road and we are pushing them back very strongly.
We are giving them just one week. We had given several notices to actually quit, several months after they have been paid compensation by the Ministry of Works.
The Ministry of Works have giving them notices to quit, but we have given them our own too so that the contractor can actually come in and do a good job. We want to have free flow of traffic as we have at Airport and Kubwa roads,” he added.