The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has appealed to motor parks and public transportation operators to equip their vehicles and garages with alcohol based sanitizers, washing soaps and running water as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among commuters in the territory.
The Director, FCT Directorate Of Road Traffic services, Mr Wadata Bodinga made the appeal while highlighting the new guidelines for public transport operators in Abuja.
Mr Bodinga maintained that public taxis are to henceforth carry one passenger at the front seat and two persons at the back seat, while tricycles (keke Napep) are to carry only two passengers instead of four and Okada one passenger in designated places.
According to Mr Bodinga, all public drivers are encouraged to desist from the use of Air conditioners and ensure passengers and conductors use their nose mask while on transit.
The DRTS Boss who also cautioned against conveying standing passengers, enjoined all High Capacity Bus drivers to operate at fifty percent of its capacity to maintain minimum contact that could further spread the disease.
The Chairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team on Traffic Control, Comrade Ikharo Attah advised all motorists and commuters to comply with the new public transportation guidelines to enable the FCT contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The appeal we keep making is that people should try to understand that this is a very difficult time and a tough moment that we are in, officers are going to be around to educate and appeal to drivers not to over load their vehicles”.
Residents are further enjoined to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, on Toll Free Number 080097000010 as well as report any transport operator or company that failed to comply to the FCT Transportation Secretariat on 0700022852846.