Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Bello warns public officers against abuse of office

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has advised government officials to desist from abuse of office while discharging their duties.

Bello warned that his administration will neither shield nor protect any public officers found guilty of abusing the power and privileges attached to public office.

The minister while commissioning a fleet of 22 operational and utility vehicle and 60 high speed and high capacity motorcycles for the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, asked public officers to use the privilege of their offices to serve humanity with honesty and integrity.

He said the newly acquired vehicles were to support the administration’s revived transportation and traffic management strategies aimed at enhancing traffic free-flow and security within the territory.

He also reminded the officers of the DRTS that all enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations must be done within the ambits of the law. In his words, “All actions must be done knowing that we are here to serve the people. So, as you relate with even traffic violators, you have to deal with them courteously and show respect for dignity and human rights”.

The minister also decried the situation where some road users still broke traffic rules within the city with impunity either by operating vehicles that are not road worthy or lacking the skills to properly handle their vehicles.

He lamented that statistics indicate that the FCT had the second highest number of road accidents in the country caused basically by road users who engage in over speeding over speeding because of the good road network in the city. He therefore admonished road users to always obey all traffic rules.

The Minister also charged the top echelon of the DRTS to make sure that the organization fulfilled its mandate 100% and reciprocate the gesture of the FCTA in purchasing the equipment and recruiting the needed manpower as required by the DRTS. He urged them to therefore maintain an efficient and corruption free organization as they will be held individually and collectively responsible for errors.

Malam Bello also disclosed that discussions had reached very advanced stages with private sector entrepreneurs for the provision of vehicles to fill the gaps created by the restriction of the operations of Tricycles and to replace the aged fleet of high capacity vehicles currently plying FCT roads.

Also speaking, Acting Director, FCT Transportation Secretariat, Mrs. Alice Odey-Achu, said the unveiled operational vehicles and motorbikes would enable the secretariat to cover more areas in traffic management.

Odey-Achu, who was represented by Director Traffic Management, Mr. Okon Etim, urged the administration to make efforts toward the implementation of Urban Traffic Control, UTC, system in the city.

“There is need to implement Urban Traffic Control system in the city where all traffic lights signals will be coordinated for free flow of traffic. The system will have a dual function of controlling traffic and detecting crime.”

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