FCT Minister bows to pressure, suspends ban on mini buses in Abuja

By Akin Akande, Abuja

Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed on Wednesday bowed to public pressure when he announced the suspension of the ban on the use of mini-buses within the Federal Capital City, Abuja for three weeks.

Senator Mohammed announced the suspension after meeting with the stakeholders including the officials of the Mini-Buses Union, FCT chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) respectively in addition with the FCT Police Commissioner as well as Director, Department of State Security Services.

He directed the setting up of a Committee to be chaired by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. Anthony Ozodinobi to fine-tune its implementation.

All the stakeholders including the FCT Chapters of the NLC/TUC respectively, the Police, VIO, FRSC, and member of a Civil Society Organization are being represented on the implementation Committee.

The Minister however insisted that there is no going back on the policy as it is for the good of all the residents of the Federal Capital Territory.

He announced that other transportation related policy including but not limited to Car Mart, Car Wash and illegal Motor Parks scattered in and around the Federal Capital City already banned will also be enforced.

The Minister concluded by lamenting that even the FCT Park-and-Pay policy had faced similar challenges but added that the enforcement of such ban/measures are the only solution to sanitizing the transport-related problems in the Federal Capital Territory.