On Wednesday, Douye Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa State, unveiled 106 vehicles to enhance the intra-city transport system in Yenagoa, the state capital, and its surrounding areas.
The Governor stated that this new transport initiative aims to mitigate the impact of petrol subsidy removal and alleviate the hardships faced by the state’s residents.
During the scheme’s launch at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall in Onopa, Yenagoa, the Governor urged the Bayelsa State Transport Company (BTC), which operates the scheme, to carefully consider the current economic conditions in the country while determining the fare rates for different routes.
He clarified that the state government would not directly pay salaries to the drivers. Instead, the BTC would handle the negotiations and arrangements with the drivers, emphasizing that it wouldn’t be a government responsibility.
Diri reassured the people of the state that he is committed to ensuring widespread prosperity and urged the scheme’s operator not to involve politics in the employment of drivers for the vehicles.
Before the Governor’s speech, the Commissioner for Transport, Grace Ekiotenne, explained how this scheme would be sustainable, unlike previous failed transportation initiatives under past administrations in the state.
She clarified that even though the vehicles belong to the state government, the BTC would manage them and take responsibility for driver training and other associated costs.
The Commissioner estimated that the BTC would remit an average monthly income of N35 million.
Finally, the Governor handed over the keys to the vehicles to the BTC General Manager, Imomotimi Fanama.