Bauchi state government readiness to establish a road traffic agency called BAROTTA is a welcome development for a number of reasons.
Apart from tackling the reckless driving and other road traffic offences by the road users, it will provide employment opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths, it will also go a long way in putting stop to the proliferation of illegal motor parks around our major roads that poses danger to the lives and properties of commuters especially the passengers and to a large extent the security of the state.
Centralising our motor parks especially here in the capital city will be of utmost important, considering the facts that a lot of crimes perpetrated by criminals through the illegal parks will be reduced.
In addition it will also boost the economic activities of the state and revenue generation since many of these parks are not remitting a shillings to the government’s coffer, the situation is also the same in other populace local governments.
You may recall that some decades ago all the parks in Bauchi were centralised at Muda Lawal Market(Central Motor Park) with the space of time and negligence from both the government and the Motor parks union gave room for the proliferation of these illegal parks in the town.
The fact that the routes are parallel putting the park in a strategic location will overruled the arguments of those who are against centralising the parks.
In Kano state KAROTTA brought back the lost glories of safer roads in the state provided employment opportunities to the teeming unemployed youths and also boost the revenue generation of the state our hopes, expectations and prayers are that BAROTTA if finally established will do exactly as it’s counterpart.
Isyaka Laminu Badamasi writes from Bauchi and can be reached on 08033665510