Representatives investigate ‘unexplained disappearance of FCT transit buses’

The House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into the reported unexplained disappearance of federally funded public transport buses for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

To that end, the House on Tuesday mandated its Federal Capital Territory Commission to investigate the alleged disappearance of the buses with a view to recovering them and reporting back within three weeks.

This follows a motion from the Hon. Ikenna Elezieanya on the allegation as he pointed out that the provision of long buses in Abuja, apart from creating jobs and generating income, was aimed at alleviating the suffering of the citizens as the scheme was designed to alleviate the hardships of movement of officials and civil servants. to and from their offices to ensure the efficient performance of their duties.

He recalled that between 2003 and 2007, 5,000 buses were provided by the Federal Government to assist and supplement the efforts of public servants to access their various offices in the Federal Capital Territory, adding that between 2010 and 2014, the federal government, as part of a bid to efficiently improve the delivery of public services in line with global best practices, provided an additional 5,000 buses for transporting public servants.

But according to him, “all the buses, numbering 10,000 provided by the government, are gradually disappearing from the roads and are not effectively managed by the administration of the FCT and, as such, do not achieve its fundamental objectives, which alleviate the transportation challenges of the masses, especially in these trying times.”

He said citizens who are denied these services daily face the risk of riding in commercial vehicles operated by kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.

“Citizens who are denied these services face the daily risk of riding in utility vehicles operated by kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits,” he said.

Melvin Z. Madore