Abuja administration to introduce modified “park and pay system”

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says it has concluded arrangement to reintroduce a modified ”Park and Pay System” that will ensure sanity amongst motorists in Abuja.

The Head, Public Relations, Transport Secretariat, FCTA, Ifenayi Ughamadu, said in Abuja on Tuesday that under the new
arrangement motorists would enjoy adequate protection.

“We had our park and pay system before and the court suspended our park and pay.

“So we have done the needed legal work, submitted to the appropriate quarters .

“Very soon, our park and pay system will come up once the legal framework is finished.

“The programme was supposed to transform the transportation sector in the FCT but was badly managed.

“So, we are coming up with a law that will protect the motorists, the operators and bring sanity to vehicular parking in the city.

“When the park and pay will come back again, we are going to have a different, wonderful park and pay operation.

“All those mistakes, complaints from the pedestrians were taken care of in the new law that will back the reintroduction of the park and pay system in the FCT.’’

On April 14, an Abuja High Court in Apo, Abuja, declared the “park and pay system” illegal as there was no enabling law backing the system and it was subsequently stopped.

Mr. Ughamadu said the new law would strengthen the ban on “Okada” and “Keke NAPEP” within the city centre.

He described the activities of the cyclists as a menace in Abuja, saying that frequent seizure of their bikes has not deterred the operators.

Mr. Ughamadu explained that there was an outright ban on ”okada and keke” only within the central business district and environs.

“If you go out you will see the number of motorcycles being carried in pickup vans and taken to VIO office.

“But despite all the harsh treatment given to them, the operators are still adamant.

“But commercial motorcyclists operate in certain areas of Abuja, particularly in the suburbs, so we don’t know why they cannot restrict their operations.

“Just like the way we ban commercial motorcycling in the city is the way we ban operations of keke NAPEP.

“Keke NAPEP is not supposed to operate in the city, the operators are only allowed to do business in the satellite towns, suburbs and outskirts and within large estates.

“We would not relent, we would continue to do our work until the city is cleared of this illegality”.


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  • True son of the soil

    In a civilise society orderly parking is a normal thing

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Whatever FCTA does to improve free flow of traffic, it must do it within reason and with decency. The show of shame we see when the minions of these regulatory bodies wrestle with, beat up motorists and even damage vehicles is, in the least, very primitive and barbaric. After all the sanction for wrong parking does not include all these barbaric acts. Secondly, there must be very, very visible and bold signs to warn motorists about no parking zones; this is the standard practice everywhere in the world. The practice of laying ambush on unsuspecting motorists and then hundreds of these minions swooping in on such a motorist is again, very unnerving and could even result in a serious accident that the law aims to prevent in the first place. Please, put your acts together; and these minions must be seriously punished for brutalizing motorists.

  • Dodon Doya

    #Bringbackourmoney is a fiscal responsibility unless one is nuts. What can fiscally be achieved when nearly all is stolen. I don’t agree with your thesis that fiscal federalism is a panacea to bad governance. Given the extent and depth of corruption in our national life and how this retards our development, the fight against corruption has to be given urgent priority. Please, better have a rethink my friend.

    • Damilola

      You guys can’t just fathom simple work. He’s not calling for a hurt in what you call war against corruption what he’s saying is fight corruption and work the purpose of a true govt. I belief things have been better for you in 8months. You have to prove it.

  • joe

    This is a typical example of an nigerian academic – Lacking in any original thought, lacking in objectivity.hollow, myopic, arrogance in face of crass ignorance and lazy. What is the point in focusing only on fiscal and economic policy if you have a huge drainage in the system like we currently do, where the liquidity you need realize your lofty economic idea is being siphoned away daily and massively by a group of kleptomaniacs who cannot amass enough of our common wealth to themselves. ?

    • uOkwunna

      Only fools fight his or her problem the wise solve his problem. Buhari is purportedly fighting instead of solving.

    • Damilola

      Tomfoolery for show!!! Continue…

  • uOkwunna

    A dollar is presently #310.00, 2016 budget ridiculously a joke, NNPC filling stations and other mega stations doesn’t dispense fuel while other independent marketers that tried to source unavailable PMS through black-market are forced to sell below their purchasing cost to prove that Baba is working. Baba himself is busy recovering some peanuts while EFCC are busy arresting customers for Baba. Nigerians now eat “We are fighting corruption” pay school fees with “we are fighting corruption” when his landlord asked of house rent we tell him that “Baba is fighting corruption” because a loaf of the cheapest bread that a family of four can manage for breakfast is #250.00, a tin of cheap milk #150.00 totaled #400.00 * 30 days a month =#12,000.00 for just breakfast and his/her salary is #18,000.00 which some state governors said they can no-longer afford.
    Buhari, Buhari, Buhari sit-up, Nigerians will not eat “we are fighting corruption”. Fight corruption but please don’t forget that “we live to develop not die to develop”.