– The reoccurring issue of insecurity on Abuja roads has become a source of concern
– Most of the incidents are linked to illegal transport operators in the Nigerian capital
– FCT transport operators have partnered with a major stakeholder in the transport industry to address the situation
Comrade Shehu Shugabi Yar’adua, the president, painted Abuja Taxi, has revealed steps taken by the union to address the incessant cases of illegal drivers in the Federal Capital Territory.
Comrade Yar’adua made the disclosure on Wednesday, January 6 as the union signed a partnership with Nairaxi, a ride-hailing app soon to be launched in Abuja.
He said steps have been taken to address influx of alien drivers into Abuja which has heightened insecurity in the city, including the notorious ‘one chance’ operators.
“The public should stop generalising. These people are illegal operators and their operations are not known to the law. The government doesn’t know them. They don’t know where they come from.
“We have issues when someone just came from Borno, or Kaduna or Enugu, and start riding a taxi in Abuja. That is why the government has brought out a policy that if you want to operate a taxi, you must join recognised operators.”
He, however, commend the Vehicle Inspection Office in Abuja for reeling out a law that requires all commercial operators to belong to one of the unions in the FCT.
On his part, the co-founder of Nairaxi, Kingsley Eze stated that the platform offers a safe and secure mode of transportation for residents in the city.
He also noted that the platform is a form of empowerment for existing drivers in the city and potential drivers interested in joining the initiative.
He also pointed out the fact that Nairaxi is a Nigerian owned company, conversant with local challenges and offering local solutions.
“Our short-term goal right now is to acquire more users while trying to also empower our drivers. We have a lot of incentives for them. We are also coming up with the first of its kind drive-to-own programme where the drivers get to own their vehicles.
“We want to empower at least 20,000 drivers in the first quarter of 2021.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has mandated the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the processing of driver’s license.
The agency made the announcement recently in a statement posted on its social media pages and signed by an Assistant Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem.
Stressing that there would be no waiver for anyone, Kazeem emphasised the need for a harmonised database of all citizens and described it as critical to resolving security challenges in the country.
In a related development, the federal government through the ministry of communications and digital economy has announced the licensing of 173 centres and 30 state institutions for the enrolment of the NIN.
The government stated that the centres will be responsible for the enrolment of all persons including legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB) on behalf of the National Identity Management Commission.
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