BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI
The ministerial taskforce set up recently by the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to decongest Nyanya-Karu-Jikwoyi-Kurudu-Karshi road said that it is set to commence the markings and eventual removal of illegal structures on that road as it enters the second phase of its assignment.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja at the weekend, chairman of the taskforce, Major General Emmanuel T. Nienge (Retd) explained that the taskforce will not touch legal properties on that road, just as he advises those with genuine allocations to bring relevant documents for verifications.
“We are about to commence the second phase of our mandate and that is to begin to mark out areas that will ultimately have to be removed, for those that have built into the road.”
Nienge, told journalists that having completed sensitization of residents along the road corridors of government plan to open up the road for free flow of traffic, the next stage is to mark structures considered illegal along the route before demolition exercise.
The chairman who insisted that the task force will continue to use persuasion rather than coercion to achieve its objective, however, called on traders and union leaders to cooperate with the team during and after demolition of illegal structures.
“I have repeatedly said that I will prefer to do this job without wanting to resort to any form of coercion or use of force. That is why we have taken the sensitisation activities of the task force to the people themselves.
We have held series of meetings with all the various groups of people who do business on that road and constitute clogs for the smooth flow of traffic. They include the NURTW, NARTO, car dealers and even the coffin sellers and yam sellers. No group of people was excluded. A very major group that we have consistently engaged is the scavengers.”
The chairman expressed the determination of the task force not only to ease the traffic congestion on the road, but also to clean up the road axis and ensure that people no longer dumped refuse on the road sides and even on the road median which he identified as one of the major factors causing pollution in the affected areas.
It could be recalled that the FCT Minister inaugurated a Task Force for the decongestion of the Nyanya-Karu-Jikwoyi-Kurudu-Karshi road axis of the FCT.
The task force has members from all the relevant agencies and departments of the FCTA such as the development control department, Satellite Town Development Department (STDD), VIO, AEPB, security department and AMAC among others.