Flagoff of 5km Saburi 1&2 Road: Wike pledges construction of Gwagwa, Karimo, Dei-Dei road


By Chioma Nnodim

In a bid to ease traffic congestion in the nation’s capital, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Barr Nyesom Wike, has promised that the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, would construct Gwagwa, Karimo to Deidei road.

Wike made this known while inaugurating the construction of access road to Saburi 1 and 2 in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, on Wednesday. The road begins from the Outer Northern Expressway (Murtala Mohammed Expressway, also known as Zuba Kubwa Expressway) to Old Keffi Road, near Dei-Dei International Market.

The decision to construct the road followed a request by the AMAC Chairman, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, for the minister to consider expanding the road to ease traffic congestion.

Maikalangu had described the road as a strategic commercial road in the whole of FCT, but in a bad state, narrow and required expansion for the road users.

He also said that the Saburi Road from the expressway to Old Keffi Road would ease the suffering of the people particularly during the rainy season.

He added that the road, when completed, would trigger, and provoke the enormous socio-economic activities and other development strides in the area.

“Your Excellency, consequent upon the huge traffic of Gwagwa – Karimo and Dede Road, I am pleading as a son of the soil, privileged to be the Executive Chairman under your watch to say that the above named road is in a bad state, narrow and required expansion for the road users, thus it is the commercial, economical and every other business activities in FCT.

“Sir, I will be very much happy if this special request to expand this road by dualizing it is oblige with dispatch,” Maikalangu stated.

Responding, Wike asked the people at the event if they were in consensus with Maikalangu on the Gwagwa-Karimo-Deidei road, and the highly elated residents anonymously answered yes. The minister, thereafter, said, “consider it to be done.

According to Wike, the essence of governance is when the government responds to the needs of the people.

He said: “Mr President has emphasized that our people in the rural areas must be given attention because that constitutes the larger part of the population. “So. it is not only where the elite are living, but also where the poor ones are, so that we will be able to reduce the level of insecurity, make economic activities to thrive and have our farmers bring in their goods to the market.”

He called on the residents to pray for President Bola Tinubu’ for good health and God guidance to be able to keep his campaign promise of providing dividends of democracy to the people. He said that the construction of additional roads across the six areas councils of the FCT would be inaugurated in the next three months.

The FCT Minister added that the commitment was part of efforts to keep people’s hope alive in line with the renewed hope agenda of President Tinubu. He appealed to the Senate and House Committees on FCT to support in passing the FCT statutory budget which would be submitted soon to enable the Administration to deliver more roads and other projects in rural communities.”

Earlier, the Chief of Jiwa, Alhaji Idris Musa, thanked Wike for constructing rural roads across the six area councils. “Today is a great day for us and other Nigerians that are jampacked in Jiwa Chiefdom. The road you are constructing now, we are very grateful,” he said.

Musa, thereafter, announced the conferment of the traditional title of Jagaban (Chief Warrior) Kudu of Jiwa Chiefdom on the FCT Minister, making it the fifth title conferred on the minister by FCT communities.

So far, the FCT Minister has inaugurated the construction of six rural roads totaling 42.2 kilometres across six Area Councils. The roads include 11 km road in Kwali Area Council, 5km dual carriageway in Kuje, 9km road in Gwagwalada, 7.2 km road in Bwari, 5km road each in Abaji and AMAC.