In response to a strict directive from the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, security operatives have launched a significant operation to clear invaders from the proposed transitway corridor in Abuja, spanning the Mabushi and Katampe Districts.
The operation, described as “the mother of all enforcement exercises,” encompasses the demolition, clearance, and evacuation of various structures, including cashew plantations and shanties. Scavengers, commonly known as ‘Baban Bolas,’ mechanics, and furniture manufacturers are most affected by the operation.
During a site visit, Minister Nyesom Wike expressed his concern over the area’s state, describing it as an eyesore. He emphasized that the location appeared to be a potential hub for criminal activities, prompting the need for immediate action to reclaim it.
The coordinator of the FCT City Management Joint Task Team, TPL Mukhtar Galadima, highlighted the significance of the area, which had been encroached upon over time. He explained that the proposed transitway corridor was designed to accommodate a dual mode of transportation, including buses and trams, spanning various city districts.
Galadima underscored the importance of adhering to the masterplan of Abuja, which includes a hierarchy of road networks. The area in question was intended to serve as a crucial part of the city’s transportation infrastructure, facilitating efficient movement from Area 1 through Garki Hospital, Social Development Secretariat, behind the Ministry of Defense, down to Durumi.
He further noted that given the prevailing security challenges across the country, the area’s current use was not conducive to its original purpose. The clearance operation seeks to reclaim and preserve the planned transitway corridor, ensuring it fulfils its intended function in Abuja’s urban development.
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