FCTA Re-enforces Ban On Mini-buses

By Akin Akande, Abuja
After the initial setback recorded in its attempt to ban the operations of mini-commercial buses in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the FCT administration said it is more prepared to re-enforce the ban.
The ban which was introduced as parts of new FCTA transport policy became effective on January 4, but was suspended when it was greeted with crisis and public outcry.
However, the FCT Minister Senator Bala Mohammed who had earlier admitted blunder in the introduction of the policy has set February 7 as the new day for the re-introduction of the ban.
The ban when operational would prevent mini-buses from operating on routes such as Wuse market- Eagle Square-Asokoro-AYA-Nyanya, Area 3 junction, Tafawa Balewa-Herbert Marcaulay way, Berger junction- Jabi.
Other routes that have become forbidden for mini commercial buses include Gudu market-Apo Quarter-Ahmadu Bello way-Federal Secretariat-Gwarimpa and AYA-Shehu Shagari-Federal Secretariat-Transcorp Nicon junction.
The Minister who disclosed this at the weekend during a press briefing warned drivers of mini buses to desist from harassing or attacking high capacity bus operators.
Represented at the briefing by his Senior Special Assistant on Information Management, Jamilah Tangaza, Senator Mohammed further warned that commuters should also be spared of the attacks or harassment noting that such behaviour amounts to criminal offense which would attract the wrath of the law.
He also called on operators of illegal motor parks in the city, illegal car wash centers and unauthorised car dealers to quit the city adding that ban on their activities would be fully enforced  commencing from February 7.