By Remi Johnson
The Transportation Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said that the Department of Road Transport Services (DRTS) generated over N3.7 billion from January to end of November 2021.
Secretary, Transportation Secretariat, Mr Zakari Angulu Dobi who made this known while giving the 2021 scorecard of the secretariat in Abuja, also revealed that FCTA had procured four sets of brand new Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), Rescue Cranes and Rail Grinding Machines to ensure the restoration of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit service.
Mr Dobi said the railway was been given priority to provide residents with cheaper, efficient and safe transportation system.
We visited some stations under the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project namely the Metro Station and Idu Locomotive Yard as part of my familiarisation tour to transportation secretariat project site. We saw the urgent need to get the mass transit programme back on tract…We are back to the drawing board to see how early the Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) services will be restored. “He Said
He also disclosed that 1,386 traffic offenders were prosecuted during the year under review.
Mr Dobi said to ensure compliance to the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles in FCC 1,823 motorcycles 499 tricycles 482 unpainted commercial taxis 315 vehicles for traffic light violation and 389 for illegal parking were impounded.
He also revealed that a total of 50,123 vehicles were inspected with 28,517 scaling through while 21,786 failed the tests.
According to him: “We recorded 127,704 vehicles registration, 4,866 revalidated vehicles, 690 change of category and 247,876 renewals and other related activities between January and end of November, 2021.
“The revenue generated by DRTS between January and end of November 2021 stood at N3,795,634,120.78. This is an improvement from the N3.502,783.176.08 generated between January to December 2020.” He said
On his part, the Deputy Director Operations, Department of Road Transport Services (DRTS), Dele Yaro, revealed plans to commence registration and certification of Dispatch bikes and riders, tricycles and motorcycles for security purposes .
He noted that this became necessary in order to stem the tide of recent security and criminal activities in the Nations’ capital.
“In 2006, there was a total ban on the operation of motorcycles in FCT, particularly the Federal Capital City (FCC), but with the recent happenings, we now have another programme that is called Public Transport Management (PTM), system FCT. With this system, we are going to have all the details of all the operators of motorcycles, tricycles and motor vehicle operators.”
The Secretary also pledged FCTA’s commitment to provide pedestrian bridges at very critical areas, even as he disclosed that some locations had been identified and commenced the procurement processes for the construction of the bridges.
”The bridges under construction are as follows; Kitwe Street behind Wuse Market, Kubwa Expressway by Arab Junction, Dutse Alhaji, Lungi Barracks, Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Gudu junction, Katampe, Jahi, and Sabon Lugbe. These projects are at various levels of completion,” Dobi assured.