|Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed|
The Nigeria Labour Congress has faulted the ban on mini buses in Abuja which has disrupted public transportation in the federal capital.
President of the NLC, Abdulwahed Omar, said the sudden ban on the mini buses from conveying people into the city had affected workers and artisans whose workplaces and offices are located within Abuja metropolis.
Omar said the ban must be reversed as it was inimical to the well being of the common man, describing it as anti-people.
The NLC President called on the relevant authorities to ensure an immediate reversal of the ban to stop the disruption to the public transportation system and the suffering of the people.
He said 90 percent of workers in the FCT lived in the satellite communities far from the main city.
Omar said the fact that the Federal Capital Development Authority’s Transport Secretariat had plans to introduce long buses was not enough to ban the existing mini buses even before the introduction of the said buses.
He said, “We are disturbed by the abrupt disruption of public transportation in the Federal Capital Territory since Monday, leading to loss of man-hour at several workplaces as well as truncation of the means of livelihood of several artisans and commuter bus drivers in the Federal Capital.
“The sudden introduction of a ban on the use of mini buses for transportation of commuters into the main city of Abuja has been confirmed to be responsible for this disruption.
“And this has greatly affected movement of workers and artisans whose workplaces are located in the main city as over 90% of those who work in the Federal Capital Territory live in the suburbs, called satellite towns far from the city centre where their workplaces are located.”
Omar added, “That the Federal Capital Development Authority’s Transport Secretariat suddenly banned mini buses from the city centre because of its plan to introduce long buses is not enough to abruptly stop the mini buses when the FCDA is yet to provide enough of those long buses it intends to introduce.”