Govt Plans Efficient Road Transportation System

BY IFEYINWA AWULOR
DELTA State government is currently partnering with the private sector under Public Private Sector Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the provision of necessary facilities and infrastructure for an effective road transport system in the state.
The Commissioner, Directorate of Transport, Hon Benson Igbakpa said this yesterday during the ministerial press briefing at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information in Asaba.
According to the commissioner, the first phase of the construction of the proposed trailer and Lorry Park would be situated at Umunede/Ekwoma road and would be equipped with basic infrastructure such as parking lot, administrative block, clinic, guest house, shopping complex, including other facilities that would enhance the proper functioning of the park.

In a bid to enhance water transportation and alleviate the sufferings of riverine dwellers, Igbakpa confirmed that the state executive council has approved the supply of 10 cargo boats and 46 speed boats, the procurement of 100 big boats and 30 small boats, as well as 60 motorized fishing boats for fishermen in Warri South-West Local Government Area, adding that, the boats would be distributed to union and co-operative bodies under a revolving loan scheme in State.
While ensuring cheap and affordable transportation for Deltans, the state government had earlier in 2008 launched the State Urban Taxi Scheme with 170 Taxis and in addition, purchased 505 18 – Seater Buses within 2009-2011 for the State Urban Transportation Programme.
Hon. Igbakpa said that, in quest of the state government to relieve pupils and student of current transportation problems, the fleet of buses were comparatively distributed among primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state, as 40 buses were allotted to School Shuttle Bus System while the remaining 465 buses were evenly distributed among Delta Line Transport, Agofure Motor, NURTW, labour and others.
The Commissioner noted that, the state government, through the effort of the directorate has relentlessly ensured unhindered movement and safe transportation of the waterways by ensuring that all forms of solid matters that impede free flow of boats are continuously removed, adding that it has succeeded in the clearing of 18 waterways and creeks across the riverine area in the state.
In a bid to enhance the academic and professional potentials of the riverine dwellers in line with the human-capital development goals of Governor Uduaghan administration, the state government has established the school of Marine Technology in Burutu (SMT), to train middle level and manpower for the oil and gas industries in Delta State.
While revealing that the State Government has completed the construction of the Chief Driving Training School at Warri in 2008-2009 and equipped the school with modern furniture and equipment for proper functioning, Igbakpa also noted that the school now serves as a training centre for the annual six periodic training of Chief Drivers within the Warri Zone of the Delta State Public Services.