As the capital of Nigeria, you would think that most cars on Abuja roads are brand new or at least top grade.

But that is not the case.

In fact, according to the Transportation Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration, 55% (more than half) of vehicles on FCT roads are not road worthy.

FCTA Transportation Secretary, Kayode Opeifa, made this known when he released motor vehicles and drivers licence statistics for the FCT for the first quarter of 2018 in Abuja on Friday.

Opeifa said of the vehicles inspected at the Abuja Computerised Vehicles Centres, between January and April 6, only 45% passed the test.

He said: “In order to ensure that vehicles plying the territory roads are road worthy, the secretariat has therefore directed the commencement of ‘Operation Crocodile’ to rid Abuja streets of unworthy vehicles".

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He urged motorists who have not made their vehicles available for inspection to do so.

“Also, within the period under review, 3,085 vehicles, 260 motorcycles, 406 tricycles, 281 unpainted taxis, were impounded for various traffic offences.

“This is against 2,885 vehicles, 183 motorcycles, 350 tricycles and 271 unpainted taxis for the same period in 2017,’’ he added.

He said 13,757 new vehicles were registered while 48,083 vehicle licences were renewed.

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