By Daniel Tyokua
Disturbed by the revenue shortfall, the Federal Capital Territory Administration , FCTA, has revived one of the mechanisms that would bring more revenue to the government coffers.
The FCT Transportation Secretariat at the weekend, resurrected park and pay policy which was put on hold for seven years due to the condemnations that greeted the exercise.
Acting Secretary, FCT Transportation Secretariat, Usman Yahaya told journalists that the second coming of on- street parking is for good, and should not be viewed as an act that will hurt the residents.
He said the new system would be managed by four operators which will cover the entire Federal Capital City ,FCC,.
Recall that the park and pay system became a controversial issue about seven years ago before a court judgment stopped the FCT Administration from further collecting fees from residents for on and off the street parking within the metropolis.
The Acting Secretary explained that the on-street parking scheme will take-off May 1, 2021 after due consultation with the key stakeholders.
Yahaya said, “on-street parking management was suspended in 2014 as a result of an FCT High Court ruling that declared the operation illegal because it was not specifically mentioned in the 2005 FCT Road Transport Regulation.
“The scheme was riddled with so much complexities, the operators were accused of many ill acts, but we have resolved the issues, so in May this year the scheme will kick off.
“In the past seven years, the Administration had embarked on various measures aimed at addressing the concerns raised by the Court and the public with regards to the scheme, the FCT Administration in collaboration with its legal team produced FCT Parking Regulations 2019 to amend the parking section of 2005 FCT Road Transport Regulations” he said.
The Acting Director stated that the four operators will cover the whole Federal Capital City which will be divided into districts for proper exercise.