By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has inaugurated a committee for the flag-off of transport short code *735# and Transport Social Media (TSM) mobile application for the enhancement and safety of passengers as well as provide database for stakeholders in the industry.
This, he stressed, would help curtail the menace of road transport-related crimes such as kidnapping and ‘one chance’ assault and touting in motor parks.
The minister stated that the road transport sub-sector which accounts for over 90 per cent of movements of persons, goods and services remains unregulated leaving the sector with free entry and exit of stakeholders thereby resulting in the entrance of unwanted elements in the operations of commercial activities on the roads.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, Tuesday on behalf of the minister, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sabiu Zakari, said: “This will serve as a policy tool for the enhancement of passengers and motor parks’ safety as well as providing database for stakeholders.”
He hinted that the Road Crime Control System (RCCS) project was conceptualised as a social service delivery programme in 2010 by Messrs. 2TOC Solution Limited which decided to collaborate with the Nigeria Police Force and the Ministry of Transportation for timely implementation of the project.