'One chance' is over as FCTA introduces buses and taxis as public transport - Wike | Guardian Nigeria News



The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that the FCT Administration has concluded plans to introduce new buses and taxis as public transport in Abuja.

Wike disclosed this at a high-level meeting with real estate developers in Abuja on Tuesday, adding that the development would address the issue of “one chance” operators in the FCT.

The minister assured FCT residents that buses and taxis would be operational within the next one month.

“I assure you that once buses and taxis are on the roads, the problem of ‘one-chan’ will become a thing of the past.

“However, if you accidentally try to take a taxi or bus that is not owned by your company, it is your responsibility.

“Buses and taxis will operate on Maitama, Asaso and other routes within the city,” he said.

He also said that to ensure maximum safety of residents, the FCTA will banish commercial three-wheeler operators from Abuja, adding that some of the operators are agents of criminals.

“I’m sure some of you are like, oh! We’re struggling. I know they’re struggling to get something. I agree, though. , our concern is to protect our city.

“I won’t do that because you’re dying of hunger and you’re allowing people to die. I have a duty to protect the people who are doing real business in our city.” he added.

The minister explained that no harsh decision was taken against three-wheeler operators as public buses and taxis are not plying the roads as an alternative.

He said, “We couldn’t take action unless we offered an alternative. Now that we have an alternative, we’re not afraid to take that action.”

“They should move to the countryside.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that the incidence of “one chance” is increasing in the city, with many residents falling victim to criminal activities.

Civil servants and journalists will be the worst affected.

“One Chance” vehicles are used by criminal groups disguised as commercial drivers and commuters to operate within Abuja city, especially during closing hours and late at night.

They lure victims under the guise of commercial taxis and take valuables from passengers.

According to victims’ accounts, many of the vendors use POS machines to use violence to empty victims’ bank accounts.

Source: guardian.ng

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