Governor of Niger state, and Chairman, North-Central Governor’s Forum, Abubakar Sani Bello, has expressed his administration’s determination to stimulate economic growth in the state through the movement of people and goods.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, obtained by Summit News, said the governor made this declaration when he inaugurated thirty-eight mass transit buses worth N1.2 billion.
The governor said the buses were procured to boost the fleet of the Niger state Transport Authority (NSTA).
He charged the management to ensure accountability, saying that the fund used to acquire the facility is a loan and not grant.
According to the governor, “the easy movement of people and goods is a necessity that we shall continue to pursue to stimulate economic growth, while the government will further impose a phase on unsafe modes of transportation in our major towns to be replaced with taxis and mini buses.”
He further said his administration will continue to seek collaboration with committed partners especially the Federal Government so as to expand other means of transportation within and outside the state.
Governor Sani Bello appealed to the Federal Government to complete the Baro Port project in the interest of national development.
He commended the development partners for making the project a reality, while urging the ministry of transport to make good use of the investment and adhere to the (MoU).
The Commissioner for Transport, Hajiya Ramatu Mohammed Yar’adua, expressed optimism that the newly purchased buses will revamp the sector, explaining that the thirty-eight buses comprised of 24units of 16seater buses, nine units of 30 seater buses, four units of 55 seater buses, and one utility Hyundai.
She said that the remaining 24 buses will be delivered in no distant time.
According to her, the purchase of the new buses is a rebirth of NSTA, adding that the ministry has evolved strategies towards improving the services of the sector to a global standard.