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Delta boosts Mass Transport programme

25 December 2013, 17:00

Abuja - Delta State has commissioned more than 100 vehicles as part of efforts to boost its State Mass Transport programme.

The Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, commissioned 100 Toyota Hiace buses and 30 Innoson high capacity buses.

"The state government is determined to banish rickety buses for mass transit from our roads and ensure that deltans move around in comfortable vehicles," he said.

In his remarks, the commissioner for transport, Benson Igbakpa, said that the buses were acquired to boost the state mass transit programme.

He emphasised that with the commissioning, the state now had over 700 18-seater Hiace buses and 130 Tata, Marcopolo and Innoson buses for intra-city Mass Transit Scheme with the broad goal of providing safe, reliable, efficient and integrated transport operations.

He disclosed that the state government had approved the construction of a 12.55 kilometres Bus Rapid Transit system in Warri, the third BRT in Africa meant to transport a total of 42 000 passengers per day with 70 buses running simultaneously.

The governor said his administration was in partnership with the private sector in the mass transit programme.

He charged the private operators participating in the scheme to always make prompt returns, stressing that this was the only way more buses could be bought and distributed.

- CAJ News


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