Paschal Emeka, Abuja
A Non-Governmental Organization, Accident Prevention and Rescue Initiative (APRI) has commended the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Hon. Mohammed Bello on his efforts to uphold the transportation master plan of the nation’s capital especially the recent streamlining of tricycle operations popularly known as ‘Keke Napep’.
It will be recalled that the Department of Road Traffic Services (DRTs) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), earlier in the week declared that full implementation of tricycle ban within the city centre would commence in Abuja.
The administration also decided to phase out all rickety vehicles within the territory, especially those that have failed roadworthiness test.
In a press release, the Executive Director of the organization signed by Prince Fidelis Nnadi, the Executive Director APRI commended the Minister’s directives which are being enforced by the Ministerial Taskforce that comprise some security and Road Traffic/VIOs have brought dome level of sanity in the City and dome Satellite towns.
Nnadi however appealed to the Hon. Minister to improve on the road transport services in FCT as the current directive and enforcement have affected commuters negatively.
Prince Nnadi further advised that the FCTA should equip the Directorate of Road Traffic Services for optimum performance to sustain the current Ministerial directive.
On the level of compliance of the Ministers directive, Nnadi want the Hon. Minister to direct the Abuja Environmental Protection Board task force to monitor the areas cleared by the taskforce especially those obstructing motorists and pedestrians’ right of way.
In a related development, APRI is partnering with the National Conference of Directors/ Chief Road Traffic Officers of the Federation in the area of capacity building and public enlightenment. The National Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers of the Federation is the umbrella body of Vehicle Inspection/Road Traffic Officers of States and FCT.
According to findings by our Correspondent, APRI and national secretariat of the VIO body, is forging a strong partnership that would further foster good and cordial relationship between the government agency and the society especially in the aspect of Capacity Building for officers and public affairs and relationship with the society.
Recently, the State/FCT officers saddled with the responsibility of road traffic regulation and enforcement have grouped themselves into a National body for ease of interaction and seamless operations across the states and the FCT.