By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) has warned officials of Directorate of Road Traffic Services ( DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office against abuse of office while discharging their duties.
This caution was made yesterday as the FCTA unveiled newly acquired 22 operational vehicles and 60 speed motorcycles for the use of DRTS
Speaking at the occasion, the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello reiterated that his administration will not give protection to any public officer who indulges in abuse of the power and privileges attached to such office.
Bello noted that the acquired vehicles and motorbikes were to support the administration’s revived transportation and traffic management strategies, aimed at enhancing traffic free flow and security within the territory.
The Minister advised DRTS officials to handle their duties with utmost diligence and in accordance with extant rules.
According to him, the government will hold violators individually and collectively responsible for misuse of the vehicles, and would be made to face the law for flagrant abuses of office.
“ Officers and men of DRTS must ensure that these vehicles and know that they are serving the public, and that must be done with respect and dignity, respecting their human rights.
“ If you over steps your bounds, you are on your own, no protection for you. The work must be done based on the rules of engagement,” he stressed.
Furthermore, Bello said the administration has continued to demonstrate its commitment to improved transportation and traffic management, and therefore cannot accept excuses from any officer, as every act of omission and commission must be queried.
Also speaking, the Acting Director, FCT Transportation Secretariat , Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu said the operational vehicles and motorbikes would enable the secretariat to cover more areas in traffic management.
Odey-Achu, who was represented by Director Traffic Management, Mr. Okon Etim urged the administration to make efforts towards the implementation of Urban Traffic Control ( UTC) System in the city.
She however adds: “There is need to implement Urban Traffic Control (UTC) System in the city where all traffic lights signals will be coordinated for free flow of traffic. The system will have a dual function of controlling traffic and detection of crimes.”