BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it will soon begin the arrest and prosecution of operators of rickety vehicles in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking when he paid a working visit to the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the secretary, Transportation Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Comrade Kayode Opeifa frowned at the high number of rickety vehicles plying FCT roads.
Opeifa stated that the administration would take advantage of the three computerised vehicle inspection centres, located in Gwagwalada, Kugbo and along the Kubwa expressway, to ascertain the road worthiness of vehicles on Abuja roads and chase out those that failed the test.
He promised to open more inspection centres in various parts of the territory, to satisfy the demands from the residents and to make Abuja roads the safest in the country.
The secretary also solicited for closer collaboration with the FRSC in tackling various traffic challenges in the FCT, just as he commended the existing relationship between the administration and the commission over the past six years.
Opeifa explained that the visit, which was at the instance of the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, was to further cement the existing cooperation between the commission and the FCTA.
Responding, the Corps Marshall, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi urged the secretary to look into the usage of pedestrian bridges, noting that many pedestrians in the city still prefer to dash across the roads, even where the facilities are available, thereby risking their lives.
Oyeyemi reminded the secretary that the responsibility of regulating and certifying driving schools in the country, have been transferred to the states, just as he called on the transportation secretariat to take particular notice of learners who carry passengers, while flagging the learner’s permit barge.
He noted that the appointment of Opeifa to the transportation secretariat of the administration came at a time when the transportation sector of the territory needed the services of a tested hand to chart a new direction for the sector, while urging him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the new assignment.