In 2019: VIOs generate N50m revenue for PLSG
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Government has generated N50 million from the Vehicle Inspectoral Office (VIO) under the Ministry of Transport for the year 2019.
The Commissioner for the ministry, Muhammad Muhammad Abubakar disclosed this to The Triumph in an interview in Jos.
He said the ministry was separated out of the former Ministry of Works and Transport in 2018 and has faced so many challenges of offices and facilities that would provide them with a good working environment, which they are trying to address.
According to him, in respect to other transport activities, they are trying to create a stakeholders’ meeting which will comprise both transport unions and associations operating in the state.
He said, the ministry has held a meeting with all the transport stakeholders, inviting them to come and register their associations with the ministry so that they would be at the platform of the ministry.
They include transport, organizations, unions, companies, mechanics, motor dealers and driving schools among other related organizations working in the transport sector in the state.
He said the ministry would capture and have them in their platform.
The commissioner further explained that, this will help in identifying them easily to work together to enhance and upgrade the transportation system of the state.
Abubakar disclosed that the state government, through the ministry had supported the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state with 80 units of Ford Galaxy, for their members in partnership for skill acquisition, where the union would provide 50 per cent, while the state government also 50 per cent.
According to him, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of the state also purchased the Bus Terminal for the Plateau Riders.
It could be recalled that during the creation of Nasarawa State out of Plateau, during the assets sharing, the Bus Terminal belongs to Nasarawa State, but now it is back to Plateau State.
He said plans are in the pipeline by the state government to purchase new buses to the Plateau Riders to enable them generate more revenue to the state.
Speaking on the harassment of VIOs to motorists on the route, he said the complaints people made were genuine.
“When you find out the issue, many drivers are not serious in taking care of their vehicles properly or have not renewed or have papers. That is why they complain,” the governor stated.
“But some attitudes of members of the VIOs would be looked into on how to approach people or conduct their activities.
“The ministry has set up a disciplinary committee that would take appropriate measures on any issue that would be reported to VIOs,” said Lalong.
He urged citizens in the state to cooperate with the government and live in harmony with their neighbors.