As a gesture of goodwill, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has directed the release of 136 impounded tricycles to their owners.
Following the directive, various unions of tricycle operators gathered at the FCT Department of Road Transport Services office in Mabushi to receive the tricycles on behalf of their members.
Addressing the union officials, the resource person on traffic management in the FCT, Alhaji Ahmed Sajoh, said the administration recognised the peaceful conduct of the operators in its efforts to ensure a safe and efficient traffic management system in the capital city, hence the return of the tricycles as a sign of goodwill.
Sajoh explained that although the release was unconditional, the FCT Administration expected that all concerned would abide by laid down rules and regulations or face the full wrath of the law.
He said, “Let me say this for the benefit of everybody here, violation of traffic rules is still an offence and can attract sanctions by security agencies. This gesture of the honourable minister does not mean that people can continue to violate traffic regulations.
“It is the responsibility of the security agencies, the DRTS, Federal Road Safety Corps, the police and the Department of State Services to make sure that traffic rules are obeyed in the FCT.”
He added that sensitisation had been going on with a lot of interfacing between the FCTA and the various unions and operators to ensure that all parties were on the same page on the issue of traffic management.
Sajoh expressed the hope that the unions and the operators would take the minister’s magnanimity as an incentive to continue to cooperate with the administration and behave well on the roads.
Speaking at the event, the Director, Department of Road Traffic Services, FCTA, Alhaji Wadata Boringa, said the gesture of the minister would sustain the cooperation the security operatives were getting from the unions and the riders in enforcing the restriction of movement of tricycles.
He also stated that his agency would continue to arrest errant road users, advising them to “leave the federal capital city on their own accord to avoid arrest as the exercise will be continuous with the possibility of an increase in the tempo to achieve results.”