As part of efforts to ensure ease of traffic on Abuja roads, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday flagged off of the construction of wireless led traffic light control signals at 98 major intersections within the Territory.
The project, is a part of the donor project powered by the Peoples Republic of China, in addition to other donor projects for the immense benefit of FCT residents.
Speaking at the commencement of the project at Wuye Market Junction, in Wuye District, Abuja, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, said it has added a needed impetus as the government strives towards building a world class capital city.
Bello said that the project will also add value to efforts of managing energy consumption needs as the traffic control signals will utilize wireless LED energy saving illumination.
Represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Minister expressed hope that on completion, the project will further
aid efforts by the FCT Administration to achieve an efficient and effective traffic management system in Abuja.
“Abuja is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with an equally fast growing population.. This rapid growth has put enormous pressure on city Infrastructure including those dedicated to Traffic management.
“On our part, we will ensure an enabling environment for a hitch-free and successful delivery of this project and look forward to its completion and subsequent commissioning”, he stressed.
Earlier in a welcome address, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, Secretary, FCT Transportation Secretariat, on behalf of FCT Permanent Secretary, disclosed that the story of the project started in 2012, during the 4th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, (FOCAC) when the Chinese Government assented to the request to help the Nigerian Government construct Solar Powered Wireless Traffic Control Signals at 74 intersections in Abuja.
He said the Solar Powered Traffic light system has proven to be reliable and energy efficient, especially in the face of rising cost of gas in the global market.
“The major challenge is our resolve to own the project and to commit to protecting it from vandalism. As already directed by the Minister, authorised officials to work on the installation would be clearly identifiable.
“I, therefore, call on citizens and residents to rise to protect the installations. If you see something unusual taking place, please raise the alarm.