The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, has announced upcoming measures to ban unpainted taxis and buses from operating on roads in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
Wike revealed this initiative during a media chat in Abuja, highlighting that the decision aims to address the issue of “one chance” crimes in the city. The proposed ban is part of efforts to enhance safety and security for residents and commuters in the Federal Capital Territory.
Wike said: “We are not going to allow vehicles that are not painted with FCT colour and registered by the FCTA to ply commercial in the territory.
“That way, you know the driver is certified by the FCT and the buses and the taxes were also approved by the FCT.
“When this is done, you as the passenger will not take the risk of going to enter any vehicle that you don’t even know,” he said.
Wike added that Uber operators would also need to register to operate in Abuja.
He also said that the drivers needed to be certified and profiled by the security agencies.
“This is a city. If you don’t have rules, there will be problems,” he added.
The minister expressed concern that the capital territory did not have an official terminal where residents could go and board a bus to a specific destination.
“That way, you know the drivers and the vehicle that you are entering.
“But currently, everybody is just on the road. You are going to Nyanya, a car is on the road, you enter; you are going to Wuye, a car is on the road you enter.
“What we are trying to do in the 2024 fiscal year is to at least build three terminals for a start, so that we will know the buses and taxes that will carry people from such terminals.
“When this is done nobody will take the risk of going on the road to wave for a taxi. That way, you will be able to reduce crime,” he said.