1 February 2013

Nigeria: Wuse Traders Declare Support for FCTA's Transport Policy

Traders at Wuse Markets Monday commended the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) over the ban on movements of commercial vehicles and hawking activities outside the market.

The traders also lauded the FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, and the Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Isa Shu'aibu, for their determination in seeing that the policy is properly enforced.

Speaking on behalf of the traders, a stakeholder in the market, Abubakar Dangara, said for the past two weeks that the policy has been in place, the market area has become very peaceful and customer friendly.

"We appreciate the FCTA for the policy. With this kind of policy, we have no reason not to support the government. The AEPB director has been coming around to see that the policy is well enforced. We really thank them for that. We can now say we are feeling the government's presence," he said.

Another stakeholder, Ayuba Mohammed, said previous administrations in the FCT had tried to come up with such a policy but failed, adding that present administration has impressed them.

"If you had been to this place before now, you would have seen that the traffic jam was something else. There were attempts by previous administrations to do something like this but in vain. The place is now clear and clean courtesy of their efforts. I call on them to be more vigilant in implementing the policy," he added.

Another trader in the market, Ikechukwu Ebowusi, said, "We had a meeting with the FCTA officials, and we told them that we're in total support of what they're doing. Government exists to set standards, and we are here to maintain them. We're ready to offer solutions on how to sustain this policy at the appropriate time."

It would be recalled that FCT Administration recently introduced a policy which banned movement of mini-buses and taxis in some specified routes within the territory.

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