A total of 2, 825 vehicles, out of the 5, 034 tested for road worthiness in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in August, failed the test as the FCT administration is set to commence clamp-down on rickety vehicles in the territory.
The administration had fixed till end of September to commence the exercise and rid the territory of such vehicles.
Managing Director/CEO of Temple Resources Nigeria Limited which manages the computerised vehicle inspection centre for the FCT Directorate of Road Transport Services, Segun Obayando, confirmed this to the Nigerian Tribune and said that 1, 298 vehicles failed same test in July.
According to him, the inspection centres have been extremely busy since the commencement of mass awareness campaign ahead of the clamp-down operation.
He stated that the mass awareness campaign consisted of highly-trained multilingual personnel fluent in English, French, Hausa, Gbagi, Yoruba, Nupe and Igbo languages.
Obayando disclosed that the team toured the entire territory including motor parks, parastatals, ministries, schools, banks, hotels, agencies, hospitals, private and government institutions with the campaign message.
He disclosed that the current FCT minister, Musa Bello, gave approval for the computerised vehicles’ inspection which was established during the last administration as a way to end road accidents in the territory.
He said, “One of the major tasks before us was the imperative to enlighten the public and get them acquainted with the new safety innovation of vehicle inspection. “We decided to engage in mass publicity and awareness campaign to educate the entire FCT residents on the legitimacy, legality, rudiments, rationale, justification and benefits of vehicle inspection as well as having a safe road.”