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The Senate has asked the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to close- down illegal motor parks.

This is contained in a motion sponsored by Senator Aliyu Ahmed Wadada representing Nasarawa West and Co-Sponsored by Senator Kingibe Ireti Heeba representing the (FCT) entitled, “urgent Need to Stem the Tide of Illegal Motor Parks and Pick-Up Points within Abuja Metropolis”.

The Senate, accordingly, urged the FCT Administration, the VIO, FRSC, and other relevant agencies to immediately commence a joint task force to step up activities to eradicate these illegal parks and pick- up or drop-off points within the Federal Capital City; and also urged the joint task force to always enforce the penalty for the creation of illegal Garages within the Federal Capital City.

Senator Wadada had said that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as (Amended), empowered the national assembly to legislate for the FCT.

The Senate also notes that Cap F6 LFN 2004 created the Federal Capital Territory to be managed by the FCT Administration which is divided into several departments under which there are: VIO, Abuja Transport Secretariat, Abuja Environmental Protection Board and so on;

The lawmakers are of the knowledge that the Federal Capital Territory is perhaps the fastest growing city in Africa with the influx of people from all parts of the nation thereby putting pressure on existing facilities and causing increased vehicular traffic as people have come from all walks of life to seek greener pasture;

According to the Lawmakers even though the Abuja master plan has designated motor parks and garages for pickup and drop-off of passengers, transporters in the Federal Capital City have formed the terrible habit of picking up and dropping off passengers indiscriminately and also parking at NON-DESIGNATED PARKING ZONES on the high way thereby causing unnecessary traffic and congestion and also accidents on the highway;

Senator Wadada expressed Worry that if the illegal pickup and drop off indiscriminately at non-designated parking zones are not controlled or eliminated it may in addition to causing accidents become a serious security threat and concern in the FCT;

James Itodo, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Bukky Alabi

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