By Stanley Onyekwere
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), in the nation’s capital, Abdullahi Adamu Candido vowed to deal decisively with any transport management officials caught harassing and intimidating motorists in the council area.
Candido, was also dissapointed with some council revenue agents or members of itsTransport Committee who do their job in unprofessional manner without civility.
He charged members of the public to report any act of intimidation or unruliness to the council directly, and that the council is ever ready to deal with the situation promptly.
Speaking with some journalists in his office recently the council chairman frowned at what he described as unruly behaviour of some Transport Committee members who harass members of the public and extort them rather than ensuring free flow of traffic and approach offenders in civil ways.
He said: ‘’The uncivil manner of some of the committee members is not a directive of this council nor that of the FCT Administration, the doors are opened to allow affected persons to report if their rights are violated, I promise that the authority is ever ready to sanction any culprit accordingly.’’
Recall, in recent times, there have been some members of the public lamenting their ordeal in the hands of those engaged in traffic management in AMAC.
They alleged that the activities of fake revenue collectors in the council as well as genuine officials of AMAC Transport Committee members who are rude and extort money have made life unbearable, especially for motorists and taxi drivers whose vehicles are being vandalised and fined ridiculous sums.
A victim, one Jonathan Ogbole narrated how his vehicle number plates were removed for alleged wrong parking and how they struggled to seize his car key from him and was made to part with the sum of N10,000 before he was left off the hook.
According to him, it was an embarrassment for him as it was in the presence of his wife and children that he was humiliated, for allegedly parking in an appropriate designation to wait for his wife, off the road.
Similarly, another victim who declined to mention his name said he didnt want to attract any crowd, so he parted with N5,000 and moved away.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to AMAC Chairman on Transport and Head of the Transport Committee, David Williams, disclosed that the committee was put in place to ensure that only painted taxis operate in Abuja.
Williams noted, ‘’Of a truth, we have been arresting motorists plying the city centers that carry passengers, many of them often used such opportunities to cause unnecessary vehicular hold-ups and when the roads are blocked, people find it difficult to drive freely and this would not be acceptable, it may also interest you to know that some of the vehicles are used for stealing and what we call ‘’One Chance.’’
He appealed to residents to cooperate with the traffic officers to make Abuja Municipal motor-able all the time, but stressed that, ‘’We have at several times sanctioned some of our members anytime they misbehave, at times we dismiss them.
“We will continue to do the needful but also call on motorists to whose rights are infringed upon on this matter to come to the office and complain for disciplinary action to be taken against such officers.’’