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FHA partners FCT to ease traffic congestion in Gwarimpa estate

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) says it is collaborating with the FCT and Ecological Fund Office to ensure urgent repair of bad roads in Gwarimpa estate with a view to address the traffic congestion in the area.

Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin, Managing Director of FHA told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that the move would also address erosion problems and facilitate easy movement around the area.

Al-Amin expressed worry over difficulties experienced by residents of Gwarimpa estate due to the bad state of roads in the area.

“FHA is jointly working with Abuja Metropolitan Management Company (AMMC) to repair areas that have active erosion problems; the consultant for ecological fund office has brought designs for it,’’ he added.

Al-Amin, however, pointed out that non completion of the second outer run linking the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was another cause of traffic congestion in the estate.

According to him, every person in Zuba, Kubwa and other mass housing estates constructed after Gwarimpa follow through Gwarimpa estate to access the major city.

“So the Network N12, N16 and N11 particularly, which are major roads that come from the central part of the city down to outskirt of the city are terminated at the second ring road.

“And Gwarimpa estate starts from the second ring road and goes to the third ring road which has not been constructed.

“So it is a matter of government priorities; there are so many things that a city requires but you have to take one that is more critical and resolve before the other ones.

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“The N12 which is majorly crossing the Gwarimpa estate is actually in the budget and all engineering drawings have been concluded; it is at the procurement stage in the FCT,’’ he said.

Al-Amin said that during the authority’s interactions with residents of the estate, it was realised that their complaints were basically the traffic congestion affecting the area.

“We told them that in urban design, you provide service centres, districts as well as sectors, sector centres are supposed to be developed by Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

“In the last 20 years it has not been developed because of some encumbrances.

“We are working with FCDA to ensure that the sector centres are developed while major commercial activities and other services will take place,’’ he said.

He said that FHA had explained all the challenges to the residents, adding that there would soon be measures to ease the massive traffic that used the estate as a thorough fare.

“There would also be succour to owners of commercial activities taking place on the major avenues as they would be relocated as soon as the sector centre is developed,’’ Al-Amin said. (NAN)

Source: Ella Anokam


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