Delta State Government had set up state Urban Transportation Programme to ameliorate the suffering of the people as regards transportation. The commissioner for transport Hon. Vincent Uduaghan said this at the ongoing ministerial press briefing.
While addressing the press, he said that the previous administration purchased lots of high capacity buses for inter and intra transportation privatised at subsidized rate. Some of these buses were returned by the approval of the governor, and an inter-ministerial committee was set up to manage the buses. Those buses are deployed to run Asaba-ilah, Asaba-otulu-Akwukwu Igbo and Asaba metropolis.
He said to continue infrastructural development strategy, the state governmental plans to construct tanker/trailers parks at strategic locations in the state and had approved the construction of 1000 capacity world class park at Effurun in Uvwie local government on a private public partnership arrangement when fully operational and will provide direct and indirect jobs for youths.
He noted that to ensure government continue to supervise and monitor the operation of commercial motorcycle and tricycle, a supervisory committee was set up, and the scheme will enforce compliance with wearing vest and helmet and had provided about 1041 jobs for Deltans. This has shown harmonious relationships between the state government and tricycles operators across the state.
He said that the reason to locate tankers park at warrior is to decongest the Nigerian Port Authority expressway where tankers park indiscriminately and address the menace of highway gridlocks and environmental degradation caused by commercial and private petroleum tankers and other trucks that visits warri and environs. He added that the revenue generated from the park will be used to maintain the existing park as well boost the internal generated revenue of the state.
He mentioned that the state government had approved the provision and installation of the wireless light emission diode solar powered traffic light at Marian Babangida way off Okpanam road Asaba. The three-way traffic light has helped to minimize traffic jams and improved the orderliness and smooth flow of traffic at the intersections, and will complement the activities of the Delta State Traffic Management Authority.