The Nigerian Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has commended the Special Ministerial Task Team on Traffic control in the city for delivering on its mandate of decongesting traffic within a very short time frame.
Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave the commendation when he received the interim report of the activities of the Task Team in his office in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
The Minister who was convinced with the measures taken by the Task team, noted that he was optimistic that everything could change Nigeria for good if the citizens changes their negative attitudes towards issues.
He stressed that the problems of managing the FCT are from within and these could be fixed with and by dedicated people who would put in their best and be committed to make the difference.
Bello assured the team that all the recommendations contained in the report would be implemented.
“The conviction of our dear President that if we all put in our best we can change this country, and this has been clearly demonstrated by your well-coordinated team. It shows you also that all the solutions to all our problems are actually within us, it’s just a matter of everybody being dedicated, putting in their best.”he said.
The Minister then advised that there was a need for coordinated and concerted efforts by all stakeholders for things to work.
“One tree cannot make a forest and you cannot survive if you are just an island. So you have to relate with people around you, relate with relevant officers and at the end of the day if we all do that, Nigeria is going to be better,” he explained.
The Chairman of the Task Team, Mr Ikharo Attah emphasised that there was a need to sustain efforts to check the excesses of motorists, as even the current expansion work by the Federal Government on that road will not make a difference if this was not done.
According to Mr Attah one of such excesses was the unwillingness of uniformed personnel to obey traffic rules and comply with road traffic directives.
Stoppage of road side trading
He also said that many drivers lacked lane discipline and exhibited arrogance while driving with little consideration for the rights of other road users.
He also explained that traffic clogging at the Nasarawa State axis of the road made it difficult for the Team to manage traffic.
Recommendations made by the Team include a total stoppage of roadside trading, concerted enlightenment campaign for uniformed personnel and immediate fixing of potholes along the road that hinder the free flow of traffic.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello had inaugurated the Task Team two weeks ago with a mandate to clear the traffic gridlock and ensure free flow of traffic along the AYA/Nyanya road as part of measures by the Administration to ease the discomfort of motorists who ply the route on a daily basis.