Following the expiration of Oct. 1 deadline for the registration of unpainted commercial vehicles also known as “kabu kabu”, the FCT Transport Secretariat has begun the arrest of defaulters.
Mr Jonathan Ivoke, the Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Transportation Secretariat, told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that commercial drivers would be arrested for using unpainted and unlicensed vehicles.
“There are so many traffic offences that go on daily; one of them is the use of illegal, unlicensed, unpainted, unauthorised and unidentified vehicles as taxi cabs and buses in FCT.
“They are aware that it is an offence to do so and it is our duty not only to remind them that it is an offence to do so but to enforce compliance”, Ivoke said.
He said that the FCT administration had told the estate mangers to allow only painted taxis to operate in their environs.
According to him, the secretariat had created five transit zones for effective enforcement and that it will monitor movement of vehicles in all the housing estates.
“We had meetings with the estate managers; we told them that they were mandated to allow only painted taxis that belong to licensed operators.
“They are supposed to allow only drivers that belong to these organisations to drive into their estates because we have their biometric information.
“We have already informed them that come Oct. 1, we will commence strict implementation”, he said.
He said the administration has enough commercial vehicles to service the commuters in the FCT and so urged drivers to register with licensed operators.
He added that it was the duty of the government to protect the residents and to ensure that incidents of “one chance”, robbery and abuse of passengers were prevented.
He listed the licensed operators for taxis to include: National Union of Road Transport Workers Ltd; Painted Abuja Taxi (PAT); and Self-Employed Commercial Drivers Association (SECDA) limited.
Others are: Road Transport Employers Association and the National Association of Road Transport Ltd.
According to him, the FCT administration commenced a programme called replacement of rickety taxis in 2011 in order to phase out such taxi cabs.
“There is a programme we stated in 2011 that we called replacement of rickety taxis; we want to replace all the rickety taxi cabs in the FCT with brand new ones.
“The minister has purchased 340 and we have distributed all of them to drivers belonging to these licensed operators and that is how it is going to continue”, he said. (NAN)
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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