Transport Commissioner Harps On Political Integrity

DELTA State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan, has emphasised the importance of political integrity and the avoidance of image smearing in all facets of politics.
Uduaghan expressed the view when he observed that the periodic bonding of unserviceable vehicles in the state was seen as campaign instrument in some quarters.
He reiterated that auctioning of unserviceable vehicles is constitutional, adding that “all procedures required by law were considered before such auctioning was determined”.
He added that proper publication concerning the number of vehicles, date of the auctioning was made public, as well as having a government registered Auctioneer”.
On privatization of Delta Line, Uduaghan stated that “without mincing words, the State Government took the right decision to divest 60% of Delta Line ownership, through partial privatization”.
He added that, predating the present administration, successive governments, spanning more than 15 years invested funds running into hundreds of millions of naira to make Delta Line thrive, profitable and meet the yearnings of Deltans as it concerns the State Transport Sector”.
Uduaghan stressed that in all these efforts, the results had been monumental failure, bothering on financial mismanagement and nonchalant attitude towards service delivery.
He remarked that Delta Line Company could not sustain the payment of her staff salaries running into six months, thus making staff to face some hardship before the this administration intervened.
However, Government in her desire to strengthen the operations of Delta Line took the bold step to divest 60% of her ownership in Delta Line to give her a better management-approach, save the State Government financial lost that she has incurred over the years in this project, and equally allow a better approach in the day to day running of Delta Line Company, he said.
According to him, in doing this, due process, was followed by placing advertisement in a national and State owned newspaper, calling on interested bidders or Investors to indicate their interest. The process was religiously followed to the latter, with the privatization process is till on-going.
Apparently, with the present financial situation in the State vis-à-vis the federation, the urgent need to get an investor/manager to run and manage the activities of Delta Line, in order for Deltans to benefit from it, cannot be adjudged to be an action taken in haste, he said.’

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