FCT EXCO SETS-UP TEAM TO IMPROVE MASS TRANSIT SERVICES IN ABUJA
By: Ben Ukeji and Prudence Okonna
The Federal Capital Territory Executive Committee Meeting FCT (EXCO) , the highest decision making body of the FCT Administration at its meeting, Monday, in Abuja, approved the setting up of a Ministerial Technical Task Team to work -out the modalities for the resuscitation of the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company Limited (AUMTCO).
The establishment of the Committee became necessary in order to critically interrogate the challenges hindering (AUMTCO), from performing optimally.
A statement from the Director, Information and Communication, FCT, Muhammad Hazat Sule, made available to Abuja Digest Newspaper, indicated that the constitution of the team was one of the highpoints of the EXCO’s deliberation in its Meeting, Monday, in Gwarinpa I District, Abuja.
The meeting chaired by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has critical stakeholders in attendance.
The EXCO directed that the Transport company should be resuscitated to meet the goals of providing effective and efficient Mass transportation services to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory in line with the target it was set up to achieve.
Speaking during the meeting, the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, challenged the technical team drawn from the Transportation Secretariat, Legal Services Secretariat, Department of Treasury, Abuja Investment Company Limited, and Abuja Infrastructure Investment Centre to ensure that, AUMTCO is revived to deliver World Class, affordable and reliable bus mass transit system for the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister said the FCT Administration must work effectively to enforce the already banned commercial motorcycle (Okada) operations in the Federal Capital City, Abuja.
EXCO further 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).
Accordingly, EXCO endorsed the pilot census scheme of commercial motorcycle operators in the Federal Capital Territory for the purpose of building a database that is imperative for security profiling.
The EXCO noted the fallout of social issues that would arise as a result of the implementation of its decision and therefore, directed that the Transportation Secretariat to collaborate with the Social Development Secretariat and the Abuja Enterprises Agency (AEA), to come up with a programme on skills acquisition for operators of commercial motorcycles willing to take up a new trade.