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UPDATE: Uber, Bolt re-certification will tame ‘One Chance ‘ robbery menace in Abuja, Wike

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Nyisome Wike, minister, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has explained that recent move at re-certification of commercial taxi operators in the nation’s capital is part of holistic approach to tackling insecurity in the city.

This move, says Wike is targeted at curbing the rising incidents of taxi robberies commonly known as ‘one chance.’

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barr. Nyesom Wike, announced this initiative during a media interface in Abuja.

Acknowledging the persistent challenge of criminals posing as taxi operators to carry out abductions, robberies, and sometimes violence, Wike emphasized the need for proactive measures.

He outlined the plan to disallow vehicles without FCT colors, signifying registration and approval by the FCTA, from operating commercially.

This measure aims to enhance passenger safety and reduce the risk of boarding unregistered vehicles.

The Minister clarified that the recertification process would extend to ride-hailing services like Uber and Bolt. He highlighted the importance of certifying and profiling drivers to enhance security and ensure adherence to regulations in the city.

Wike stated, “It tells you who the drivers are. We need to certify them. We need to profile them using the security agencies.”

The minister also expressed surprise at the absence of loading terminal in FCT, considered a world-class capital. Wike revealed plans to establish at least three terminals in the current fiscal year.

These terminals will provide a centralized and regulated space for taxis and buses, allowing for better control and monitoring of vehicles and drivers.

Wike emphasized that the introduction of terminals and the re-certification process would contribute to reducing crime significantly, although complete elimination may not be possible.

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He stated, “I am not saying that with the provision of all these that you won’t have one or two crimes. No, it is not possible to eliminate crimes completely, but you can reduce it drastically.”

The FCTA’s proactive approach seeks to enhance public safety, restore confidence in taxi services, and create a more secure transportation environment in Abuja.


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