FCTA Moves To Ban Unpainted Taxis, Buses

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration, Mr. Nyesom Wike, announced plans to restrict the operation of unpainted taxis and buses on FCT roads. He shared this information during a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, emphasizing that the measure aims to tackle the issue of 'one chance' incidents in the city.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that 'one chance' incidents involve criminals posing as taxi drivers who engage in robbery, assault, and, at times, murder against unsuspecting passengers.

The minister acknowledged that there has been a reduction in the menace of 'one chance' but stressed that stricter measures are required to completely eradicate this trend in the FCT.

"We will not permit vehicles that lack the FCT color and are not registered by the FCTA to operate commercially within the territory," he affirmed.

"In doing so, you can be assured that the driver is certified by the FCT, and the buses and taxis have received approval from the FCT.

"By implementing this, passengers won't have to take the risk of getting into a vehicle with unknown credentials," he emphasized.

Wike further mentioned that even Uber operators would be required to register to operate in Abuja, ensuring that the government has information about the drivers.

The minister expressed his concern about the lack of an official terminal in the capital territory where residents can conveniently board a bus to a specific destination. "This way, you will be acquainted with both the drivers and the vehicles you are entering," he added.

"Currently, everyone is just operating on the road. You want to go to Nyanya, a car is waiting on the road, and you board it; you want to go to Wuye, another car is on the road, and you hop in.

"In the 2024 fiscal year, our goal is to construct at least three terminals initially. This will enable us to organize buses and taxis that will transport people from these terminals. Once implemented, individuals won't have to take the risk of waiting by the roadside for a taxi. This approach will contribute to reducing crime," he explained.


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