The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has urged Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to address the traffic congestion, which regularly occurred at the Lugbe axis of the Airport Road, particularly in the evenings.
Mr Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the minister, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that Bello made the call when he received a FRSC delegation, led by the new Zone 7 Area Commander, Assistant Corps Marshal Jonas Agwu.
The minister noted that the Airport Road, which was the gateway into the city, should reflect orderliness at all times.
He pledged that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) would support FRSC and partner with the agency in efforts to effectively use of the mobile court system to curb traffic offences.
He underscored the need for the corps to deploy more men and equipment to ensure enforcement of road traffic laws on the roads.
“Particular attention should be placed on the traffic congestion that occurs regularly at the Lugbe axis along the Airport Road, especially in the evenings, where unauthorised trading takes place usually under the pedestrian bridges,” he said.
Bello also emphasised the need for enforcement of traffic and road safety regulations, adding that enforcement was key to the success of FRSC operations.
The minister, who said that the laws establishing the FRSC were very explicit and strong, called on the FCT Sector Command of the FRSC to put the laws to good use.
Earlier, Agwu commended the minister for his openness and support for the FRSC which, he said. had contributed to the successes achieved by the corps in the FCT.
He also appreciated the good working relations existing between the various traffic and security agencies in the territory.
Agwu pledged to build on the existing structures available in the FCT in order to promote effective road safety and fulfil the traffic management objectives of the FCTA.
He said that the creation of more designated bus stops and deployment of more high-capacity buses would further facilitate smooth traffic flow within the city.