By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Laide Akinboade, Caleb Ayansina, Samuel Moses & Benson David
ABUJA—THE Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, and transporters operating at the nation’s capital, Abuja, are at loggerheads over the refusal of the FCTA to allow owners and drivers of Mini-Bus Town Service bring commuters into the city centre.
Meanwhile the Commercial Drivers under the umbrella of Self Employed Commercial Drivers Association, SECDA, have planned to stage a peaceful demonstration to the National Assembly and office of the Minister of FCT tomorrow to find out whether the new transport policy had the approval of the lawmakers and the minister.
Already, the FCT administration had provided designated points where commuters would be dropped to join capacity (SURE-P) buses provided by FCT to the city centre.
It was gathered that commuters coming from Nasarawa/Keffi road in the mini bus town service are expected to be dropped under Nyanya Bridge, while those coming from Kubwa would now have Berger bus stop as the terminal point.
In an interview with the Head of Public Relations to the FCT Transport Secretariat, Mrs. Stella Ojeme, she said the FCTA had already provided 78 capacity buses for the Nasarawa/Keffi axis and 15 buses for the Kubwa route, adding that Kubwa had only 15 because the ‘araba’ buses were allowed to ply the road.
On whether there was a notice before the implementation of the new policy, she said: “We gave them notice, we distributed flyers and the announcement has been on the radio since December 1, 2012, and if you turn on your radio today to WAZOBIA FM and Aso radio, they have been doing the adverts everyday since December 1.”
Secretary of the association, Prince Charles said the policy that commenced yesterday, (14th of January) was meant to bring hardship to the residents of Abuja.
In an interview with Vanguard, Chairman of Self-Employed Commercial Drivers Association, Nyanya branch, Nathaniel Ikedichukwu, alleged that the FCT administration took the measure because the buses were competing with SURE-P buses.
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