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Gridlock: FCTA begs FG to fix Abuja/Keffi road potholes

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By Ben Adoga

In spite of the road expansion project along the Abuja-Keffi gateway in and out of the FCT, there has been perennial traffic gridlock that has defied management strategies.

It’s against this background that the FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Management has appealed to the federal ministry of works and housing to fix the disturbing numerous potholes that have been identified to contribute to the gridlock from the ever-busy AYA-Kugbo-Nyanya stretch of the road.

Responding to questions from newsmen on Sunday, chairman of the traffic management team, Ikharo Attah, observed that the traffic build-up on the ever-busy AYA-Kugbo-Nyanya to Keffi road was largely caused by the potholes, especially the ones around Kugbo slope down to Karu site bridge and appealed that the stretch be fix d to ease movement.

The traffic manager also called on the ministry to prevail on the contractor handling the road expansion work to fix the potholes as part of their corporate social responsibility or otherwise to easy difficulty faced by motorist.

“If you take a careful look at the situation the traffic build-up on the road is caused by the potholes, particularly the ones just around Kugbo slope when heading to Karu bridge. For now, the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), as we were told, cannot work on the failed portions because it is within the area under expansion which the contractor is handling.

“It is according to standard construction practice that the contractor fixes the bad portions on the current carriageway in use. Sadly, this is not the case this year. In 2020, the contractor did some work on the failed portions but all fixed portion have failed again,” Attah stated.

Attah, however, said that their efforts are negatively affected by the potholes on the road which always slows down movement and lead to traffic build-up towards Mogadishu Cantonment and sometimes to AYA in Asokoro District after close of work in the evening.

“If you observe very clearly, many vehicles are breaking down around the Kugbo slope areas, where the worst potholes are. My prayer is that trailers or tankers carrying petrol don’t break down or fall at that point,” the chairman prayed.

Attah, who appealed to motorists to desist from driving on the road shoulders, expressed worries that most stretches of the road shoulders are in very bad shape, occasioned by the activities of impatient drivers.

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