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Pedestrian Bridge: ACTDA Vows Clampdown on Defaulters in Awka



By Ikem Asika, Awka

The l Awka Capital Development Authority (ACTDA), has urged residents of AWKA, Anambra State Capital to make use the pedestrian bridge when crossing the expressway.

ACTDA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ossy Onuko made the appeal while addressing road users at popular Unizik Junction Awka.

Onuko disclosed that it was against the law for anybody to cross the highway through drainage.

The ACTDA Boss who emphasized the need for the use of the pedestrian bridge stated that henceforth, the use of the drainage as a walkway is completely banned.

“We have found out that people prefer using the drainage for convenience, bridging it with logs of wood, which poses significant risks of accidents. Vehicles trying to avoid hitting these makeshift crossings often get damaged, and lives are put at risk daily,”

“As an agency, we have tried to stop this in a friendly manner, but it hasn’t worked. We have now set up an enforcement team led by community leaders to ensure compliance. Anyone failing to use the pedestrian bridge or attempting to cross through the drainage will face a fine of ₦5,000 or be handed over to the police.” he said

According to the media officer of ACTDA, Ekpa Uwa Eke, Mr. Onuko however hinted that the order was aimed at raising awareness and ensuring the safety of all road users while assuring that the enforcement project would be sustained.

A road user, Mrs. Chika Nnamani who spoke on the dangers of crossing the drainage, recalled a tragic incident where a vehicle knocked down a woman and her child.
“I used to cross the drainage, but after witnessing that accident, I stopped. I urge the government to keep up the good work,” she said.

Also a tricycle driver Onyekachukwu Michael also supported the move, noting that many lives were lost due to accidents at Unizik and Regina Caeli Junctions. He advised people to use the pedestrian bridge and avoid crossing the drainage, praising ACTDA’s efforts to enhance road safety.

Ikemefuna Asika reporting from Awka

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