THE Minister of the Federal Capital Territory,
Muhammad Bello, has presented 22 operational and utility vehicles as well as 6o high speed and high capacity motorcycles to the Directorate of Road Tratfic Services, popularly known as the Vehicle Inspection Office.
He said this was part of efforts to enhance the implementation of a safe, functional and efficient transport policy for the FCT.
According to the minister, the vehicles, which Comprised Ford Ranger and Nissan pickup trucks, Peugeot salon cars as well as Innoson motorcycles, were purchased in order to strengthenthe capadity of the DRTS and reposition it for better service delivery.
Speaking during a brief ceremony on Tuesday, the minister reminded officers and men of the DRTS that with the provision of the equipment, the FCT Administration as well as residents of the FCT lookedforward to a safer and better managed traffic enforcement strategy.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunleye, said Bello also reminded the officers of the DRTS that enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations must be done within the ambit ot the law.
All actions must be done knowing that we are here to serve the people. So, as you relate with traffic violators, you have to deal with them courteously and show respect to their dignity and human rights, he was quoted as saying.
Bello also decried the situation where some road users were breaking trafic rules with impunity either by operating vehicles that were not road-worthy or lacked the skills to properly handle their vehicles.
He lamented that statistics indicated that the FCT had the second-highest number of road accidents in the country caused basically by road users, who engage in excessive speeding because of the good road network in the city.
He advised road users to always obey all traffic rules.
Bello also disclosed that discussions had reached very advanced stages with private sector entrepreneurs for the provision of vehicles to fill the gaps created by the restriction of the operations of tricycles and to replace the age fleet of high capacity vehicles currentiy plying the FCT roads.
ln her address, the acting Transportation Secretary, FCTA, Mrs Alice Odey-Achu commended the minister for donating the operational vehicles and motorcycles, adding that the gesture Would go a long way in addressin issues of satety for road users.
Represented by the Director, Traffic Management in the seeretariat, Etim Abak, Odey Achu stressed the importance of a safe functional and efficient transport system.
The Director, DTRS, Mr Bodinga Wadate commended the minister for providhng the vehicles and motorcycles, adding that “all hand will be on the deck to honour the confidence reposed in the directorate.