Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Kwara Govt.Distributes 100 Taxis To Operators

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has flagged off a N150 million empowerment initiative for transporters in the state through the provision of taxis, buses and light trucks.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony of the first phase, which was the distribution of 100 taxis procured at a cost of N50 million to taxi operators, Governor Ahmed said other levels of empowerment in the sector would manifest in the next few months.
“In the coming months, this administration will provide further demonstration of this renewed determination to expand opportunities for our people through unprecedented socio-economic capital projects and programmes that cut across the state, including the provision of 8,200 jobs for the youths through Quick Win,” he said.
Governor Ahmed noted that apart from the N50 millon first phase transporter empowerment scheme, his administration had distributed N674 million revolving loan to various beneficiaries under its entrepreneurship scheme from 2012 to date
According to the governor  “it was noteworthy that over 70 per cent repayment rate of the previous revolving loan scheme has been recorded,” saying it had brought added benefit to more people under the programme.
Ahmed, who said the revolving loan scheme for taxi drivers was not a government largesse, urged them to work hard and repay the loans promptly so that others could benefit.
He counselled the beneficiaries of the taxi scheme to maintain the vehicles regularly, obey traffic regulations and cooperate with security agencies to make the roads accident-free and safe.
Speaking on behalf of their members, Alhaji Abdulrasaq Badmus of National Union of Road Transport Workers and Alhaji Farouk Opeloyeru of Road Transport Employers Association, said the vehicles and the payment modalities were not forced on them as they were also taken into confidence in the choice of vehicles procured under the taxi revolving loan scheme.

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