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For safe, functional, efficient system:
FCT Minister commissions 22 vehicles, 60 high speed motorcycles

20th Jan, 2020 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

As part of efforts to enhance the implementation of safe, functional and efficient transport policy of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has commissioned a fleet of 22 operational and utility vehicles as well as 60 high speed and high capacity motorcycles for the use of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS).

According to the Minister, the vehicles which are made up of Ford Ranger, Nissan Pickup trucks, Peugeot Salon cars as well as Innoson-manufactured motorcycles were purchased to strengthen the capacity of DRTS and reposition it for better service delivery. The Minister reminded officers and men of DRTS that with the provision of the equipment, FCTA as well as FCT residents look forward to a safer and better managed traffic enforcement strategy.

Malam Bello also reminded officers of DRTS that all enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations must be done within the ambit of the law. His words: "All actions must be done knowing that we are here to serve the people. So as you relate with even traffic violators, you have to deal with them courteously and show respect for dignity and human rights." Malam Bello also decried a situation where some road users still broke traffic rules within the city with impunity either by operating vehicles that are not road- worthy or lacked the skills to properly handle their vehicles.

He lamented that statistics indicate that FCT has the second highest number of road accidents in the country caused by road users who engage in over- speeding because of the good road network in the city. He therefore admonished road users to always obey all traffic rules. The Minister also charged the top echelon of DRTS to ensure that the organization fulfilled its mandate fully and reciprocates the gesture of the FCTA in purchasing the equipment and recruiting the needed manpower as required by the DRTS.

He urged them to therefore maintain an efficient and corruption-free organization as they will be held individually and collectively responsible for errors. Malam Bello also disclosed that discussions had reached very advanced stage with private sector entrepreneurs for the provision of vehicles to fill the gaps created by the restriction on operations of tricycles and to replace the aged fleet of high capacity vehicles currently plying FCT roads. In a welcome address, Acting Transportation Secretary, Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu, commended the Minister for the operational and utility vehicles and motorcycles, adding that the gesture would go a long way in addressing issues of safety for road users.

Represented by the Director, Traffic Management in the Secretariat, Engineer Etim Abak, the Acting Secretary stressed the importance of a safe, functional and efficient transport system for the sustainability of the nation's capital city. Mrs. Odey-Achu added that with the commissioning of the vehicles and motorcycles, a wider area of traffic conflicts and incidence will be covered within a short time.

Speaking at the event, the Director, DTRS, Mr. Bodinga Wadata, commended the Minister for providing the vehicles and motorcycles, adding that all hands will be on deck to honour the confidence reposed in the directorate. Also present at the commissioning were the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Chief of Staff to the Minister, Mallam Bashir Mai-Borno, the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin and other senior members of the Administration.

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