The House of Representatives yesterday mandated the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and the Ministry of Environment to urgently remove all abandoned vehicles from the roads and take them to designated centres.
The House also directed its Committees on Commerce and Industry (when constituted) to probe the seemingly abandoned project for the recycling of abandoned vehicles littering Nigerian roads.
The resolution followed a motion of ‘Urgent need to investigate the seemingly abandoned project for the recycling of abandoned vehicles littering Nigerian roads’ sponsored by Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta).
In his lead debate, Ossai noted with dismay the rising number of broken down vehicles and those involved in accidents that had been abandoned on the roads.
The lawmaker said the notable roads that have large numbers of such abandoned vehicles include: the Apapa-Oshodi expressway; Lagos-Badagry expressway; Lagos-Ibadan-Ogbomosho-IIorin-Jebba-Minna expressway and Abuja-Lafia-Makurdi-Enugu expressway.
He expressed concern that these large number of abandoned vehicles on the roads constitute nuisance and danger to more than seven million vehicles that operate on Nigerian roads.
He informed his colleagues that following the worldwide prohibition on exportation of scrap metals, the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, in a bid to get rid of the menace of abandoned vehicles on the road, entered into an agreement with its Japanese counterpart.
The lawmaker recalled that the project obtained the support of the United Nations Industry Development Organisation, UNIDO, and the National Automotive Council, NAC.
Some of the lawmakers, who spoke in favour of the motion, called on relevant agencies of government to assist in evacuating these abandoned vehicles. They expressed optimism that such efforts would ease vehicular movements on the roads.

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