Wike inaugurates private sector mass transit

Nyesom Wike

By Ukpono Ukpong

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday inaugurated a private sector transportation scheme.

While inaugurating the 14 high capacity and fully air conditioned buses, the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, expressed optimism that it was the beginning of a transportation system designed to end the menace of robbery through the one-chance syndicate in Abuja.

Represented by the Mandate Secretary, FCTA Secretariat of Transportation, Arc Ubokutom Nyah, the FCT Minister, reiterated his commitment to changing the narrative of the transportation system in Abuja.

Nyah revealed that many other private sector investors were being expected to join efforts in providing alternative sources of transportation that will be reliable and affordable.

He said, “the journey to what we are witnessing today, started months ago when the company applied to the Transportation Secretariat for issuance of operator license to enable the buses operate in the FCT.

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“We are happy that our efforts for private sector participation in transportation sector are yielding results.

“This is a clear confirmation of private sector reaction to the charisma of our honourable minister, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike in attracting development to Abuja.

“This operators deployment will definitely provide alternative sources of transportation to augment the services currently provided by the Abuja Urban Mass Transit Company.

“As stated earlier, the interest shown by these companies in the FCT is based on the investment building confidence brought about by the honourable minister since he assumed duties as the FCT minister.

“Let me at this juncture welcome new private sector participation in the provision of mass transit facilities for the teeming population of the FCT. There are still greater opportunities to explore in this sector”.

Also Speaking, Dr. Yakubu Terry, one of the transportation investors said , ” we want to turn this mission into reality and we have devised strategic plans that focus on key city areas and environs. By connecting these areas, we are connecting the dots for progress and to create a web of convenience that shreds through the fabric of the capital city of Abuja.

“Our strategy is not just in the number of buses on the road, It is also about creating a comprehensive and accessible network that serves the needs of our city residents. We prioritize and leverage in technology to optimize operations with due given time and overall community experience.”

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