Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has warned officers and men of the state command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) to desist from terrorising and extorting motorists in the state.
The governor gave the warning on Thursday in Bauchi.
According to him, the illegal activities of the Road Safety personnel have become a major impediment to free flow of traffic in the state, adding that motorists and other road users have been complaining about the activities of the personnel.
He, therefore, declared that his administration would no longer tolerate the excesses.
“At this point, I want to call on other law enforcing agencies like the Federal Road Safety Corps. I have noticed that sometimes, they stay within the town and they will just be collecting money from the drivers and forcing them into unnecessary problems. I will not allow that,” he declared.
Mohammed informed that the state government had created Bauchi State Roads Transport Agency, the idea of which he said was copied from Kano State.
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“We have created BAROTA, which is Bauchi State Roads Transport Agency. We have borrowed from Kano State. We are going to build so many parks because our road corridors have become parks. Our road corridors have become markets, we cannot afford that even for our own conveniences.
“Of course, I can see and reason with the transport union and transport users. Sometimes, they are subjected to a lot of problems and challenges ranging from people that are trying to make some enforcements.”
He then called on BAROTA to apply human face in its operations in order to ensure that no one is subjected to unnecessary pains, calling on the agency to start immediately with sensitisation of road transport union members and other road users.