The FCT Ministerial Task Team on free flow of traffic has ordered banks and owners of business premises around Dutse Alhaji first gate area of the FCT to revert to the original land use of their properties by changing their entry points.
The directive was handed down to the establishment Monday, when the traffic and officials of the FCTA departments of development control and Abuja Environmental Protection Board visited the premises.
Chairman of the task team, Ikharo Attah, head enforcement unit of AEPB, Kaka Bello and the Dutsen-Alhaji/Dawaki District Development Control officer, Mrs Blessing Ugochuwu, inspected the affected structures, contributing to the traffic problems on the Dutse Alhaji-Bwari road.
According to the chairman of the task team, “The property owners have altered the land use by opening up entrances facing the dual carriageway instead of the approved main entrance facing the street behind.”
He explained that banks and other business premises converted the road shoulders as their parking spaces, adding that short fences were constructed which stretched into the already congested road under reconstruction.
“They were handed down 72-hour notice to immediately seal up their current entrance gates with block walls or face severe sanctions,” he added.
Similarly, Mrs. Ugochuwu directed officers working with her to mark the buildings for entrance point contravention, warning that bulldozers would soon be rolling in if the property owners failed to do the needful.
The team also inspected the ever-busy Monday Market at Dutse Alhaji during which Mr Kaka Bello of the AEPB reaffirmed that the Dutse Alhaji market must never return to the roadside again.No tags for this post.