Some of them will operate the 1,250 tricycles, 130 boats and 50 Marco polo buses that the state government has acquired

Business24

No fewer than 5,000 people will be employed through the repositioning of the transport sector in Delta State, the Commissioner for Transport, Benson Igbaka, has revealed.

Igbaka said that those to be employed, in a bid to boost road and river transport, would include tricycle operators, bus and boat drivers, ticket officers and vendors. 

He, however, said that while riders for the tricycles were being targeted amongst the commercial motorcycle operators, popularly known as okada riders, the other categories would be from the unemployed in the state.

He said that so far 1,250 tricycles, 110 boats and 40 Marco polo buses had been acquired by the state government, leaving a balance of 20 boats and 10 Marco polo buses.

The commissioner also explained that the 20 boats were already at the port, adding that the project was approved in 2011.

He also said that 120 bus shelters would be constructed across the state in phases, noting that the first phase for the construction of 30 had started.

Igbaka said that the terrain with regards to roads would not be a challenge to effective utilisation of the buses and tricycles, as the government was investing massively in road construction across the state.

He said that between October and March 2013, most roads already approved for construction and rehabilitation would have been completed.

He the government decided to invest in the road transport sector because it was discovered that bad vehicles were responsible for accidents across the country.

He, however, said that the challenge before the sector in the state was economic, adding that resources were limited.

Igbaka said that another challenge was the human factor, and habit towards government property, as most people were in the habit of not wanting to pay for services provided by government.

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