By Stanley Mijah.
In an effort to boost the activities of the State Ministry of Transport and to place it above other in the highly competitive Transport industry, the State Government has approved the establishment of Adamawa Road Transport and Traffic Agency (ARTTA).
A statement from the Ministry of Transport signed by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Jummai D. Bashir indicated that a Bill for the Amendment of the Adamawa Transport Board Edict will soon be forwarded to the State’s House of Assembly for passage.
The Transport Ministry has also concluded negotiations with COSCIHARIS MOTORS Limited to provide fifty (50) Buses to the Adamawa State Transport to enhance the operations of the department and to provide patrol vehicles to the vehicle Inspection Department of the Ministry.
As part of efforts to enhance the capacity of its workers, the Ministry in collaboration with Hi-Tech Engineering and Human Resources Management Training Consultants is organizing a 2-Day Training Workshop for Drivers and Transport Managers in the State.
The Transport Company which has an impressive Revenue generation capacity has commenced massive Revenue generation and Remittance to the State Government through the State’s Board of Internal Revenue while a committee for the inspection and standardization of Private Driving Schools in the State has been inaugurated.
The Committee in its assignment identified and certified nine (9) private Driving Schools across the State.
They include, Al-Amin Professional Driving School, Mbolo Driving School, Solace Driving School Academy, LCCN Driving School Numan, ABC Unique International Driving School and Citimax Driving School.
Others are, Good Speech and Accurate Driving School Fufore, Century School of Driving Mubi and Alliance Driving School, Yola.
The Ministry is also working with relevant institutions towards providing modern Transit parks at Ngurore, Marraban Mubi, Ngbalang-Numan among others to reduce traffic congestion and enhance the Revenues generation capacity of the State.
According to the statement, the Ministry has identified and requested Institutions, Companies and Parastatals that operate commercially registered vehicles from four above to forward to the Ministry inventories of such vehicles for Registration and Inspection for the purpose of safety and regulation of activities in line with the National Council on Transport (NCT) regulations.
The statement further indicated that the Ministry had secured the approval of the Government to recruit no fewer than one hundred (100) Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO’s) retraining and equipping to provide them with the capacity to man our roads for safety and documentation, emphasizing that States like Kano, Lagos, Niger, Taraba among others generate about 40 percent of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the VIO’s and road taxes.
The statement also intimated that the awarded contract for the construction of office complex, wall fencing and furnishing has been fully executed and awaiting commissioning by the Chief Executive of the State.