By MUHAMMAD HAZAT SULE

The FCT Administration has concluded plans to organize a retreat for the FCT Transportation managers to discuss the need for effective public transportation system in Abuja.
The Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed made this disclosure during an interview session with various media organizations across the globe to mark the 2012 Democracy Day and first year anniversary of President Goodluck Jonathan administration in his office at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja.
While revealing that a committee has already been set up to organize the retreat, the Minister, reiterated that the retreat will afford professionals in this sub-sector to sit down and brainstorm on how to proffer radical solutions to the traffic menace in the Federal Capital City especially at peak hours and thereby transform the sector.
Senator Mohammed emphasized that the retreat will discuss the need for effective public transformation system in the Abuja metropolis in particular and the Federal Capital Territory in general.
The Minister further revealed that additional 89 traffic signs have been installed at various interchanges and junctions in the Federal Capital City bringing the total recently installed to 829 to bring about effective traffic management by reducing waste of man hour and avoidable road crashes.
Senator Mohammed also disclosed that apart from the 300 buses from the Federal Government in its SURE programme, a total of 126 high capacity buses have been delivered to the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company (AUMTCO) to be deployed to routes soon, in line with the assurances given by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Minister said that the traffic situation along Nyanya-Karu axis has been of great concern to his administration and that the Apo-Karshi-Ara being executed to reduce pressure has been delayed but that alternative was provided from Sunrise-Asokoro-Guzape-Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway which he noted has drastically reduced the pressure on that route.
According to him, his administration is already collaborating with the Nasarawa State Government to connect Mararaba-Gitata-Mpape road which is expected to come out along the Murtala Muhammed Expressway (Kubwa Road) behind the Aso Rock.
He stated that the FCT Administration intends to upgrade all signalized intersections to LED, powered with solar energy to ensure continuous and efficient operation.
Senator Mohammed remarked that the FCT Administration is liaising with the
Federal Ministry of Works to include the construction of pedestrian bridge connecting the old and the new campus of the FCT College of Education, Zuba as the on-going dualization works on Zuba-Gwagwalada road progresses.
The interview session that was attended by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. Anthony Ozodinobi; FCT Chief of Staff, Alhaji Musa Umar Yashi had several international, national and local media organizations being represented.

Sule is the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister

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