The management of the Abuja  Urban Mass Transport Company (AUMTCO) Tuesday said the company is ready and fully prepared for the envisaged challenges that may arise from June 3, when mini buses popularly called ‘Araba’ are expected to be banned from operating in the city centre.
The company said it has acquired over 300 high capacity buses and as well recruited about 91 drivers to join the old drivers in the company.
The company’s Marketing and Communication Manager, Mr. Tunde Akintola, who disclosed this to newsmen at the end of the in-house training, organised for the newly recruited drivers, said his company has concluded necessary arrangements to ease various challenges that residents might face as a result of the ban.
He said the drivers had undergone two days intensive training on safe driving as well as basic principles on customer relations.
Akintola said the company is ready to assist the FCT Administration in ensuring good and effective transportation policy, aimed at assisting the masses both within the city centre and the outskirts.
He expressed satisfaction with the drivers’ participation at the training and urged them to make use of what they were taught by the road safety experts by not only driving safely on the roads but relating well with their passengers.
Also speaking, Abubakar Dauda, the company’s head of monitoring, said relevant agencies such as VIO, FRSC and the NDLEA were involved during the recruitment exercise for the new drivers.
He appealed to the residents to cooperate with the drivers for effective performance and as well serve as watchers for the company by calling dedicated lines on the buses for their observations.
One of the drivers, Larry Joss Itua, said they were ready for the task ahead, adding that the training has further aided their driving experiences.
It would be recalled that FCTA recently announced its readiness to recommence the implementation of the feeder routes operation for mini buses beginning from Monday, June 3.
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