By Stanley Onyekwere
As move thickens to re-introduced on-street-parking policy, otherwise popularly called ‘Park and Pay’ scheme on major streets in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mandate Scretary for FCT Transportation Secretariat, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, explained that the policy has become necessary to restore sanity on the Territory’s major roads.
It would be recalled that the ‘Park and Pay’ policy, which was earlier introduced by the FCT Administration on major streets in Abuja was suspended, following its declaration as illegal on April 14, 2014, by an FCT high court sitting in Apo, because it lacked the enabling laws.
Opeifa disclosed that arrangements by the FCT Administration are at advanced level to retune and return the scheme in the nation’s capital city.
Making this disclosure while briefing newsmen in his office recently, the Secretary, however failed to specify when exactly the policy is expected to take off.
He explained that when the process is concluded, the operation of the new policy wil be strictly based on traffic management, safety and security of pedestrians.
According to him, the enabling laws are being fine-tuned by the administration to make way for the return of the policy, inorder to tackle menace of indiscriminate parking in the city.
Opeifa added that the intention of the policy was not to generate revenue generation, but strictly to ensure that the road ways, are not used for parking and to ensure proper traffic management, safety and security of pedestrians.
We will, as much as possible, introduce technology, so that people can park freely and pay freely and voluntarily. If you don’t want to pay, don’t park, you can move into the inner city.
“And our focus now is not on revenue generation. It is going to be strictly based on traffic management, safety and security of pedestrians.”
“But today, go to Aminu Kano crescent and see what is happening there. People just park anyhow. So when this on-street-parking comes into place, there will be no pedestal enforcement.
Meanwhile, the Secretary opined that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) or any other area council in the FCT does not have the mandate to introduce on-street-parking on FCT roads, since traffic management is strictly the responsibility of the state.
“AMAC has not right to introduce an on-street-parking on any streets constructed by the FCTA in the FCT. However, it has the mandate to introduce on-street-parking on any road it has constructed.
“It also has the mandate to manage motor parks and introduce on-streets-parking on roads or streets allocated to them by the state,” he stressed.