From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Niger state government has procured 18 buses at the sum of N432 million to ensure effective and efficient transport services in the state.
This is just as the state awaits the delivery of additional 50 vehicles at N203 million through Public Private partnership (PPP).
The Commissioner of Transport, Engineer Ibrahim Mohammed Panti made this known while addressing journalists in Minna at the Ministry of Information and Strategy organized stewardship of the present APC led government in the state, that each bus cost over N24 million.
The commissioner hinted that 28 persons lost their lives in three boat mishaps in the state this year (2018), while he added that 3,000 life jackets have been purchased to be used by boat travelers in a bid to reduce casualties recorded during boat mishaps in the state.
He disclosed that from 2019, the state government would make it compulsory for the use of the life jackets by water travelers.
“As part of efforts to reduce casualties during boat mishaps, 3,000 life jackets were purchased and launched for use by boat travelers.
Wearing of such life saving gear would soon become compulsory for all water travelers.”
Engr. Panti also said that 4,000 coded reflective jackets has also been purchased for commercial motorcycle riders saying an ultimatum has been given to motorcycle riders in Minna metropolis regarding the use of the reflective jackets.
“The Ministry procured 4,000 coded reflective jackets for easy identification of commercial motorcycle riders and to improve safety of lives especially at night.
“This is the only alternative to identify the genuine motorcycle riders in the state as majority of these riders are not from the state. We have issued an ultimatum that in 2019, if a motorcycle riders do not wear reflective jacket, they will not ride their bikes in the state capital.”
The commissioner informed that the ministry inheritage a dept of N73 million for various suppliers from the immediate past PDP government that has been reduced to N30 million as at moment, just as the ministry generated over N98 million within six months this year and over N80 million in 2018 against the past mega revenue generation.
He further explained that a 12 seater watercraft with 7.5 horse power engine have been purchased for surveillance, rescue and patrol on case of any eventuality in the waterways.
He said that plans are at an advanced stage to establish Motor Vehicle Administration Agency as a one stop center for motorcycle administration, traffic regulation and traffic rented revenue generation.