By Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has explained that the restriction placed on commercial tricycle operators to certain parts of the city will help mitigate mortal dangers to the motoring public.
In particular, Bello said the decision was imperative because commercial tricycles by law should not operate on the express and highways along with vehicles as they pose dangers to both passengers and riders.
Describing the embargo as one of the most difficult decisions that the FCT Administration had to make, the Minister noted that most roads within the Federal Capital City are expressways, and therefore could not accommodate the presence of the commercial tricycles and motorcycles.
He this assertion during the presentation of the FCT’s 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.
The Minister however said the FCTA was not unmindful of the challenges commuters were facing as a result of the policy and revealed that strategies were being put in place to improve on the public transportation situation in the FCT.
According to him, the FCTA was working closely with the commercial tricycle association to explore the possibility of upgrading their operations to taxi cab operators.
He commended the lawmakers for their support for FCTA, while expressing the hope that with their legislative and moral support, the challenges facing the FCT will be addressed.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the FCT Minister over the weekend toured the various areas prone to traffic gridlock within the FCT and commended the Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Management for a job well done.
Bello, in company of the Executive Secretary of the FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin and operatives involved with Traffic Management Task Team visited the AYA –Nyanya section of the Abuja –Keffi Road, the Gwarimpa U Turn at the Outer Northern Expressway and the Dutse Sokale road.
He also visited the Gado Nasko and the NYSC roads in Kubwa town where the Task Team had succeeded in not only opening up the road which hitherto had been unpassable due to illegal street trading but also enabled a clean-up operation by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) as well.
While acknowledging that the Task Team had indeed achieved a lot, Bello reminded them that a lot still needed to be achieved.
On his part, the Chairman of the Task Team, Ikharo Attah thanked the Minister for his support and pledged that the Team will continue to deliver on its mandate.
Also speaking, President of the Road Network Association of Nigeria, John, John Eket, commended the Task Team for the wonderful job they have done.
He said workers can now drive from the Federal Secretariat down to their localities in the satellite areas within the shortest unprecedented time.