The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has restricted the movement of mini buses in Abuja.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Thursday in Abuja announced June 3 as the commencement of mini buses restriction into the city centre.
The Secretary of Transport Secretariat of the FCTA, Jonathan Ivoke, made the announcement at a news conference.
Mr. Ivoke said the Abuja Minister; Bala Mohammed, had finally approved the commencement date for the restriction.
He said only licensed high capacity buses would be allowed to provide mass transit services in the Federal Capital City, while mini buses would operate at the satellite towns and other area councils.
He said the purpose of the policy is to move people en-mass, reduce waste of time in the traffic and improve the economy.
“The measure will be for the overall interest of all residents and visitors coming into the city.
He listed the high capacity bus routes as follows: Nyanya through AYA to Eagle Square and Wuse Market;
Giri Junction through Airport Road to the city centre; and Zuba Junction through Airport ONEX to city centre.
Others include Ring Road One Circulation connecting Wuse Market and Eagle Square, and Gudu Market junction through Ahmadu Bello way to Gwarimpa.
Shehu Shagari Way through Federal Secretariat to Ring Road 1 Junction, Area 1 and Area 3 through Moshood Abiola way to Tafawa Balewa way, Herbert Macaulay to Utako and Jabi; and Jabi through Ring Road 2, Galadimawa junction to Apo Mechanic.
He said there are service terminals at the beginning, intermediate, and end locations of the routes that are mainly for accredited operators.
However, he called on the commuters and commercial vehicle operators to note that passengers would only embark and disembark at these service terminals, bus stops and taxi routes only.
He said the minister had approved and issued taxi and high capacity bus licences to Self Employed Commercial Drivers Association Abuja (SECDAA) Nigeria Limited and Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
“It was done in fulfillment of the committee recommendations; we have equally issued recommendation to all licensed operators for Infrastructure Bank to assist in acquisition of new buses and taxis.
“FCT Administration will soon take delivery of 300 brand new taxis vehicles out of the 1000 earmarked for the licensed operators in the FCT.
“This is in addition to mass transit subsidised for commuters and operators ,’’ he said.
He said the secretariat is about to conclude the biometric data capturing of all drivers belonging to licensed operators in FCT for security and safety of commuters.
Speaking at the occasion, Abubakar Sadiq, National President, Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria, said the new policy was a well-organised transport system.
Mr. Sadiq said the policy would help to improve the socio-economic status and empowerment of the Abuja licensed drivers.
He also appealed to the FCT minister to make the palliative incentives promised to the drivers a reality.
“The policy will reduce the effect of environmental pollution, it will enhance proper control of drivers’ security, it will reduce traffic congestion and road traffic accident among others.
The National Chairman, Civil Society of Nigeria, Emmanuel Nwosu, called on FCTA to check the misconduct of the “Park and Pay” policy as the concessionaires had violated the mission of the programme.
The Chairman, National Union Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Abuja Chapter, Sulaiman Musa, said the association would support FCTA to achieve the purpose of the policy.
“The Association will support the new FCTA policy that will soon commence, we are very happy to be considered and licensed by FCTA in the operation of the new policy,” he said.
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