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General News of Tuesday, 12 April 2022


Reps to investigate disappearance of 10,000 BRT buses in Abuja

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The House of Representatives says it will investigate the disappearance of transit buses provided by the federal government for transport service within the FCT.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Ikenna Elezieanya (PDP-Imo) at the plenary on Tuesday in Abuja.

Moving the motion, he noted that between 2003 to 2007, 5,000 buses were provided to assist federal government workers in accessing their offices within the FCT.

He said that between 2010 to 2014, an additional 5,000 buses were provided by the federal government for the easy transportation of civil servants.

All the buses, amounting to 10,000, were gradually disappearing from the roads and were being poorly managed by the FCT administration, says Mr Elezieanya.

The lawmaker added that this had led to the scheme not achieving its objective of alleviating the transport challenges of the masses, especially in these trying times.

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

He said that there was need to recover the buses and make them operational to serve the core objectives for which they were provided.

The House therefore mandated the Committee on FCT to investigate the alleged disappearance of the transit buses and report back within three weeks.