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Commercial drivers get 2 weeks to register in Abuja

31 July 2015, 10:02

Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Thursday gave a two-week ultimatum to commercial drivers in Abuja to register their vehicles.

Arase gave the ultimatum when the National and State Executive Committees of the National Union of Road Transport Workers visited him in Abuja.

"The National President and Secretary, I will give you a grace of two weeks after which we will start clamping down on all vehicles that ply FCT highways without proper identification," he said.

He added that the clampdown will start from FCT because of its cosmopolitan nature and due to the number of unpainted taxis operating in the city.

He said there were more of unpainted cabs in Abuja. "That is why we want to start it here before it becomes a nuisance.

"We have a very serious problem in Abuja, there is a lot of kabu kabu without registration, plying the highways," he said.

He urged state chairmen of the union to ensure that their members registered and insured their vehicles.

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Arase said the police always had problems with motorists on the highways because of improper identification.

"That is one area that we want the union to educate its members on."

He appealed to members of the union to always avail the police of useful information to discharge their responsibility to the people.

"There is no police anywhere in the world that can perform its statutory responsibility without the mandate of the people.

"You are the people. You must give us that mandate, you must give us that information and if you are able to do that, you would have performed your civic duty," he said.

Earlier, Alhaji Najeem Yasin, National President of the union, promised it would ensure that its members registered their vehicles before the two weeks deadline.

Yasin said the union would seek for extension if they were unable to beat the deadline.

He explained that the visit was aimed at solidifying and concretising the existing cordial relations between the union and police.

Yasin called on governments at all levels to give the police the wherewithal to perform their duties.

He appealed to the IGP to direct police in the states to implement the order to remove roadblocks. 


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