Bauchi transport agency to shut unauthorised motor packs
By Mohammed Kaka, Bauchi
The Chairman of the Bauchi State Road Management and Traffic Agency (BAROTA), Air Commodore Tijjani Baba Gamawa (retired) has said that the agency will not fold its arms and allow unauthorized motor parks to operate in the state.
Baba Gamawa who spoke to press shortly after he was inaugurated yesterday, decried the proliferation of unauthorized motor parks within the state capital.
He said that BAROTA will no longer tolerate such unwholesome practice by motorists, warning that anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law.
“When you take a look at what is going on within the state capital Bauchi, there is the need for things to be put the way they are expected with regard to road traffic issues”, Gamawa noted.
Adding that; “if you go round, almost everywhere has become a motor park, everywhere has become a market, our roads have been turned to markets, that is unacceptable”.
According to him, the Agency will soon embark on the recruitment of over 200 staff that will pilot its activities.
“We are going to recruit and train over 200 youth, we have been given the go ahead by the Governor. After that, we will work assiduously to ensure that people abide by the traffic rules”, the BAROTA chairman assured.
He said that the agency will not tolerate a situation where the state government under Bala Mohammed that has provided good roads to be taken over by traders or unauthorised motor parks.
The Agency’s chairman while thanking Governor Bala Mohammed for creating the Agency, said it will no doubt help in reducing the rate of unemployment in the state.
He said that the agency will also apart from generating income for the state, assist in checking security threats accessioned by indiscriminate operations of motor packs.
“This type of agency is not found only in Bauchi, it has been in operation in some States such as Kano, Yobe, Maiduguri, among others. And so Bauchi should not be an exception. That is why the executive Governor, through the state Assembly made it to become a law”, he said.
The Chairman appealed to members of the general public to be law abiding, including obedience to road traffic rules, pledging that the agency under his care will do justice to all.
Baba Gamawa who said that the Agency has started working from the day it was inaugurated, pointed out that they have secured a temporary office accommodation, pending when a permanent place will be made available for them.