Federal Capital Territory Minister Malam Muhammad Bello said his administration had stepped up law enforcement in a bid to tackle reckless driving in the nation’s capital.
Bello made the revelation when he received the leadership of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) headed by its Managing Director, Mr. Buki Ponle, on a courtesy visit.
The minister also said that administration officials have arrested many offenders.
“Most of the taxis that are green and white in the city are registered, so we have a database and some of them only report to a specific company.
“Some companies have fleets of 300 to 400 vehicles while others have 150 to 200; we are therefore able to catch up with them.
“What we are doing now in some areas that are notorious and very difficult to have law enforcement officers all the time is creating barriers,” the minister said.
According to Bello, offenders are taken to hospital for psychiatric tests to check their sanity while their vehicles are seized.
“Offenders will pay N10,000 for mind control and if the results show they have a psychiatric problem, we will keep them in hospital.
“However, if it is not a psychiatric case, we will take them to the vehicle inspector’s office where we have a conference room and then they will fine them.
“After paying the fine, the vehicle will be parked there and they will come for a two-week course in good driving manners,” he said.
The minister, who said his administration had urged the media to engage in exposing and shaming offenders, however said he had not received the desired cooperation.
Earlier, Ponle praised the minister for his efforts to ensure common sense in the nation’s capital, adding that enforcement was very important.
“I’m glad you brought up this issue of increased oversight, especially around enforcement, because enforcement is important.
“If there is a law and if there is no application, it is as if there were no law. But when there is enforcement and punishment, you will remember that if you break the law, punishment awaits you.
“So people will think twice before breaking the law. I’m happy about that,” Ponle said. (NOPE)