FCTA to fix non-functional traffic lights

The Federal Capital Region Administration (FCTA) has stated that it will repair any traffic signals that are not working in the territory.

At a news conference on Monday, Usman Yahaya, the Acting Secretary of the FCTA Transportation Secretariat, offered the guarantee.

Yahaya explained that out of the 172 traffic lights at Gudu, Jabi, Utako, Gwarinpa I and II Districts and other districts, 62 at various intersections cutting across different districts were in good functional condition.

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“Regrettably, as many as 110 are at various levels of non-functional condition. 25 out of 110 are currently undergoing rehabilitation,’’ he said.

The acting secretary said some had been packaged for procurement for fresh signalisation.

Yahaya said the secretariat had received with great concern, calls from residents on the status of the traffic lights, particularly the non-functional ones.

He also said they had called for installations of more lights at intersections with difficult traffic situations.

“With the support of the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, and approval granted by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, adequate provision was made in the recently passed 2021 FCT Appropriation, which is waiting for presidential accent.

“The presidential accent will pave way for the commencement of the procurement process that will ultimately translate to tangible improvement in the repairs of non-functional traffic lights, provision of critical spare parts required for periodic maintenance of installed ones.’’

He also assured that traffic lights would soon be installed in other areas including the Karu-Jikwoyi axis, Gwagwalada and Kuje towns, Wuye and Jahi Districts and Ring Road II.

Yahaya said the knocking down of installations by motorists and vandalism by criminals were the major challenges affecting the proper management of traffic light installations in the territory.

“This warranted the adoption of a new but strenuous strategy of installing the traffic lights which involves welding of the components to prevent vandals from further vandalism.’’

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