Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

FCTA decries traffic light components theft

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… VIO nabs 7,833 motorists

By Stanley Onyekwere

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has decried the seemingly unending theft and vandalization of traffic light components, as the menace is fuelling various transportation hitches in the nation’s capital city.
In particular, the Administration while expressing serious concern over the situation, revealed that on the average it replaces traffic lights three times in a year, which cost as much as N15 million to install at a single road intersection in the city.
Making this point yesterday during a press briefing in his office, the Acting Secretary of FCT Transport Secretariat, Suleiman Abdulhamid, however declared that the Administration is doing all within its powers to curtain the menace.
His words: “We are still balling vandals, whose activities are interrupting the seamless flow of traffic planned by the administration for the city.
“On the average the FCTA replaces traffic lights three times in a year, because when we replace a vandalized traffic light, they (vandals) come back to vandalize again and again.”
Nevertheless, he disclosed that the in the last two years, Ministerial Task Force on Environmental and Traffic Matters has complemented the efforts at ensuring seamless traffic flow in the city as well as checkmating the activities of hit and run drivers, who are notorious in destroying installed traffic facilities.
The Secretary further stated that with the assistance of a standby Maintenance Team created by the Department of Traffic Management the Secretariat carried out routine monitoring and maintenance of all traffic light installations in the city and its environs.
He said the secretariat also converted all the traffic light signals from Light Emitting Diodes (LED) to solar power system, which ensures constant availability of power; adding that since the conversion, calm seem to have been restored to the infrastructure.
“We have put in place other traffic improvement measures to ensure the safety and orderly flow of traffic in the city. These include; road markings, installation of traffic signs and signals, installation of delineators and other traffic control devices.
“Others are; provision of cat-eye road signs, construction of bus shelters, installation of red light cameras, removal of speed bumps where necessary etc,” he stressed.
In a related development, a total of 7,833 motorists were apprehended by the officials of FCT Directorate Road Traffic Services (DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) for traffic light defiance and other traffic rules and regulation violations in the Territory.
According to the Director, Road Traffic Services, Wadata Aliyu Bobdinga, who made the revelation while delivering its performance report for January – December, 2016, also said no fewer than1, 547 motorcycles and 199 tricycles were impounded for violating the restriction bans, while 65 illegal car marts and 66 unlicensed car wash centres dislodged.
Furthermore, he revealed that DRTS during the period under review, generated a total of one billion nine hundred and eighty million one hundred and twenty one thousand and seventeen naira eighty one kobo (N1, 988,121,017.81).

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