by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Government says it has generated the sum of N50 million from its Vehicle Inspectoral Office (VIO) under the Ministry of Transport for the year 2019.
Commissioner for Ministry of Transport, Muhammad Muhammad Abubakar, disclosed this to Conscience Triumph in an interview in Jos, during the week when he said the ministry was separated out of the former Ministry of Works and Transport in 2018, and has faced so many challenges of offices and facilities that would provide them with a good working environment, which they are trying to address.
He buttressed that, “In respect to other transport activities, we are trying to create a stakeholders’ meeting, which comprises both Transport Unions and Associations operating in the state.
He revealed that, the ministry has held meetings with all the transport and stakeholders, inviting them to come and register their associations with the ministry so that they will be co-opted into the ministry’s platform.
These (transport and stakeholders) include transport, organizations, unions, companies, mechanics, motor dealers, driving schools, among other related organizations, who are working in the transport sector in the state,” he noted.
The commissioner further explained that, this synergy would enable the ministry to identify these teeming bodies easily, to work together to enhance and upgrade the transportation network of the state.
Muhammad Abubakar disclosed that, the state government, through its ministry, supported the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state with 80 units of Ford Galaxy for their members in partnership skill, where the union will provide 50 percent, while the state government also gives 50 percent.
According to him, the state governor, Simon Lalong, also purchased the Bus Terminal, that is, the ‘Plateau Riders.’
It could be recalled that, during the creation of Nasarawa State out of Plateau State, during the assets sharing, the Bus Terminal, then, belonged to Nasarawa State, but now is back to Plateau State.
He said, plans are on the way by the state government to purchase new buses to Plateau Riders to enable them generate more revenue to the state.
Speaking on the harassment of VIOs to motorists on the route, the transport commissioner said “The complaints people made, when you find out the issue, many drivers are not serious in taking care of their vehicles properly or, have not renewed or have papers that are up-to-date.
“But, some members of the VIO’s attitude would be looked into on how to approach people or conduct their activities. The ministry has set up a disciplinary committee that would take appropriate measures on any issue that would be reported to VIOs,” Abubakar stated.
He commended the government for purchasing the Bus Terminal and the maintenance of peace and security in the state, and advised the citizens to “cooperate with government, especially to live in harmony with neighbors, so that we will benefit on what the government is doing.”