18 February 2013

Nigeria: FCTA to Review Park and Pay Policy

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed has disclosed plans by the FCT administration to review its park and pay policy.

This is just as the administration has approved a N5 million palliative for bus service providers in the territory under the new transport policy and has also announced a three weeks grace period to give room for further publicity and adjustment on the parts of all stakeholders including commuters.

Mohammed who stated this when he received the report of the ministerial committee on the implementation of mini-bus feeder routes and traffic regulations said it has become pertinent to review the park and pay policy, following series of complaints and petitions against the concessionaires operating the policy.

LEADERSHIP reports that the park and pay policy introduced by the administration about a year ago has been marred with complaints by car owners over activities of the enforcement officials of the parking concessionaires.

"We have received series of complaints and petitions against the unholy activities of some concessionaires.

"We may be going back to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to meet with stakeholders in a way of a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the entire operations of the policy vis-à-vis the activities of the concessionaires," he said.

On the new transport policy, the minister explained that the N500 million palliative which will be drawn from Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) is to assist mini bus drivers in Abuja draw funds to buy new vehicles under a hire purchase scheme.

He also disclosed plans by the FCT administration to employ 10,000 conductors and put them on a monthly salary and explained that the new policy is not to inflict pains on the residents or transporters, adding that to sustain the Abuja Mass Transit Policy, the administration would be taking a bill to the President for onward transmission to the National Assembly for the establishment of the FCT Transport Authority to provide effective legal framework for the policy.

In their separate remarks, the FCT Chairman, Self-Employed Commercial Drivers Association (SECDA), Mr. Okorie Victor and the Secretary, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr. Umar Abubakar, pledged the support of the unions for the policy.

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