The Federal Capital Territory Command of VIO under Director Wadata Bodinga has announced a new goal of generating more than ₦5 billion IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) this year 2020, from just fines that will be paid by traffic defaulters as well as plate number sales. This is compared to the ₦3.5 billion the agency realized last year.
Abuja VIO targets more than ₦5 billion IGR from plate number sales and fines to be paid by traffic offenders in the FCT this 2020
Wadata Bodinga who spoke with the press recently in FCT told them that these targeted funds will be used for payment of Abuja VIO administration and the various equipment it acquired for personnel and also for the manpower provided by its officers.
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While speaking with the press, Bodinga said;
“this year, by the special grace of God, to push with the range of N4 to N5 billion to ensure that we have paid the administration of their investment in terms of finance, equipment and manpower. We believe that with this, especially, if we have enabling laws in place it would a big area which will provide us with an avenue to increase revenue.”
Wadata Bodinga also made sure to discourage and affirm that it is illegal for any officer to remove number plates as this is commonly reported by motorists in Abuja. He went further to even call on the public to report such cases as the officers involved will be dealt with accordingly.
When speaking particularly about this persistent report, Bodinga notably said;
“As an agency, we discourage the issue of removal of number plate. Not because of the fact that it is not allowed but it has removed the identity of that vehicle. Instead of removing the number plate it is better to impound the vehicle so that you will know that you are doing the right thing. We have been talking to our personnel.
“There are some cases reported to us on that issue but I can tell you that because of the operational briefing that we usually encourage areas commander to do, I think the removal of number plate has stopped completely. If it persists, we encourage people to come and tell us. The only situation it may be necessary is when you park your vehicle and probably abandoned it.”
The VIO boss also spoke a lot about some Abuja drivers who usually beat the traffic lights as he reveals that personnel will take note of their plate numbers and also announce them on television stations or radio stations to declare them wanted.
This should serve as a stern warning to motorists all over Nigeria especially in Abuja as to avoid being part of those who will be used as scapegoats.