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FCTA to resuscitate mass transit service

The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has set up a Ministerial Technical Task Team to work out the modalities for the resuscitation of the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company Limited.

The technical team drawn from the Transportation Secretariat, Legal Services Secretariat, Department of Treasury, Abuja Investment Company Limited, among others were to ensure that, Abuja Urban Mass Transportation Company is revived to deliver affordable mass transit system to FCT residents.

Mallam Bello who issues the directive at the FCT Executive Committee meeting in Abuja, said there was need to expedite action in this direction following the fact that the ban on commercial motorcycle (Okada) operations in the Federal Capital City Centre still exist.

The EXCO equally approved the strengthening of the Joint Task Force comprising the security Agencies and stakeholder Departments of the FCTA to support the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), as well as endorsed the pilot census scheme of commercial motorcycle operators in the FCT for the purpose of building a database that is imperative for security profiling.

The EXCO who admitted that some challenges on social issues of survival may arise based on its decisions when implemented, advised the Transportation Secretariat to collaborate with the Social Development Secretariat and the Abuja Enterprises Agency to come up with a programme on skills acquisition for operators of commercial motorcycles that maybe willing to take up a new trade.

Writing by Remi Johnson; Editing by Julian Osamoto