….revives construction of another major bypass
By Cyril Ogar
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has at last resumed work on the completion of the long awaited Apo-Karshi road, even as it plans to construct another bypass that would permanently tackle traffic situation on the Abuja-Nyanya axis.
Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello made this disclosure last week during a reception organized for members of the National Defence College Course 26, who paid him a study visit at the FCDA Conference Hall, Garki, Abuja.
Responding to a question from a member of the delegation on how the FCTA intended to solve the traffic situation on Nyanya road, Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibril who represented the Minister at the event said: “the Honourable Minister has given us marching orders to see to the completion of the Apo-Wasa-Karshi road, what others call Apo-Karshi road.
“And everything is resolved. The contractor is back on site and we will ensure we work in line with the timing of the Minister who believes that the road will provide immediate relief on this axis.” The Minister further revealed that “procurement has already gone far” as the FCT Administration expressed determination to ensure completion of another major bypass that would pass behind Mpape, traversing Nyanya, Gitata Panda, and terminating at Gurara, in Kaduna state.
According to the Minister, this bypass is a “dedicated dual carriageway on the Eastern carriage way that would ease traffic on the Nyanya-Karu and Kubwa expressways and make entry and exit to the nation’s capital easy.
Speaking specifically on how the FCTA was working towards tackling issues of high pressure on facilities in the Federal Capital City, Malam Bello stated that the Satellite Towns Development Department was working hard on the provision of water, roads and facilities in three of the territory’s satellite towns of Kubwa, Bwari and Karshi. Leader of the National Defence College Course 26 delegation, Commodore Emmanuel Ogalla while speaking on behalf of his colleagues expressed gratitude to the Minister and the FCTA management for the warm reception accorded them, and disclosed that they were surprised seeing that so much was been done by the Administration.
He pledged that they would make their contributions that would ensure excellence in service delivery and infrastructural development of the FCT. It is worthy to state that, just like National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, students of National Defence College make study tours of states of the Federation and the FCT as requirement for completion of their study.