Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Traffic Management Task Team has taken its operation to Kubwa, evacuating over 800 roadside traders who allegedly obstructed traffic flow in all major roads in the area.
Chairman of the team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said members of the team were mobilised to keep vigil at the roadside, in order to achieve a total clean up of the area and ensure that the roads are free from all traffic hassles.
He vowed to sustain the operations and noted that the over 800 roadside traders evacuated and moved into the market would not be allowed to return to the roadside.
Attah stated that the team decided to commence removing and burning of all the debris of woods and stalls the traders used in clogging the area around 11pm Sunday night and ran through to early hours of Monday to avoid creating unnecessary scene that would further compound traffic woes of motorists and commuters going to work .
He also stated that Kubwa being one of the biggest satellite towns in FCT, with burgeoning population of civil servants and other residents, can’t be abandoned to suffer unprecedented traffic mismanagement.
He said the roadside traders’ activities that stretched up to the NYSC and Kubwa-Maitama ultra modern market have been dislodged to allow free traffic flow along that axis.
He said, “We commenced the operation at about 11pm Sunday night and it lasted to till the early hours of the morning. During the traffic clean up exercise, we removed sundry nuisances at the NNPC and NYSC Junctions at Kubwa. Specifically, we removed wooden slabs used by the roadside that sell on top of drainages.
“What shocked me most is the fact that a good number of the traders selling on the road for years own shops inside the market but prefer to sell on the road.
“The rot in this area must not be allowed to return since the minister is demonstrating a strong political will to address traffic problems across the city,” he added.