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Erosion threatens Abuja street housing FRSC, FCC, others

Shop owners in Maputo Street, Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja, have cried out over a gully erosion threatening the area. City & Crime reports that the…

Shop owners in Maputo Street, Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja, have cried out over a gully erosion threatening the area.

City & Crime reports that the street has the headquarters of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), post office and several plazas.

The bad portion is just before the Federal Character Commission building.

In separate interviews with our reporter yesterday, a cross-section of the people said the bad portion of the road which posed a serious threat to their lives and businesses, deteriorated six months ago after a heavy rainfall.

A shop owner, Chinedu Emeka, said immediately after the destruction, officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) mounted barricades along the street.

“The gully was caused as a result of a heavy rainfall we experienced six or seven months ago. Immediately after the incident, officials of the FCTA came and barricaded the road. Since then, nothing has been done,” Emeka said.

Another shop owner, Bello Azeez, said the situation had affected his business as his customers who used to drive to his shop could no longer do so.

“As you can see, my shop is situated in the plaza between the barricades. The patronage I get has reduced due to this.

“I am calling on the FCTA to come to our rescue because if another rainy season should start, there will be a serious problem in this area,” he said.

Engr. Shehu Hadi, the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, the agency responsible for the development of the city, was said not to be on seat when City & Crime visited yesterday.

However, a senior officer of the FCTA, said work on the road would be captured in the next phase of road resurfacing project being carried out by the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike.