The Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, on Monday disclosed that the Administration would accelerate the development of the nation’s capital, Abuja, through completion of ongoing and new road projects.
Akinjide stated this at the foundation laying ceremony for the upgrading of Karu Motor Park in Abuja Municipal Area Council.
The minister, who was represented by the Mandate Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat, Alhaji Yahaya Alhassan Gwagwa, said the transportation policy of the Administration was designed to provide an efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly modern transportation infrastructure for the territory.
She said: “There has been a deliberate policy of fast-tracking development of ongoing infrastructural projects and ensuring their realisation within the stipulated timeline. These include the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project, the Abuja Taxi Scheme as well as the Greater Abuja Urban Mass Transit project.
“The Administration has embraced the completion of most ongoing road construction projects, which we met on assumption of office, and have initiated new ones. This is with a view to ensuring effective and seamless movement of personnel, goods and services in the FCT.”
The minister lauded the Abuja Municipal Area Council Chairman, Hon. Micah Jiba, for upgrading the Karu Motor Park, which, according to her, would help to regulate and bring about order in commuter logistics and urban development.
Akinjide added: “The picture that readily comes to mind whenever motor parks come up for mention is usually that of filth, chaos and crime. This shouldn’t be so.
“Motor parks are central in the achievement of efficient, seamless and customer friendly transportation system in any city. They can serve as shopping outlets as well as centres for culture and entertainment.”
Akinjide also commended the royal fathers, religious leaders, National Union of Road Transport Workers, women societies and youth groups for partnering with the FCT Administration towards the improvement of the territory’s urban transport sector.
She urged them to support the Abuja Municipal Area Council in its efforts to deliver the new Karu Motor Park project within the estimated 52 weeks.