Following the ban on commercial motorcycles in Jos, the Plateau State government has acquired 400 mini cabs under the ‘Fight Poverty Together Scheme’, to alleviate the effect of the ban on the people. Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport, Sunday Farmson, said this when the National Good Governance Tour team inspected some of the vehicles in Jos.
Farmson said over 2000 persons applied for screening as drivers, adding that successful candidates would be allocated the mini cabs to ply specific routes.
“In the first phase of the project, 14 buses were procured and 500 tricycles were acquired in the second phase. The beneficiaries were selected randomly to ply identified and designated routes within the metropolis,” he said.
In his remarks, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mohammed Garba, stressed the need for proper maintenance of the vehicles. He commended the initiative of phasing out commercial motorcycles, which he said were often used to perpetrate crimes.
Information Minister, Labaran Maku on his part, recalled that the concept of commercial motorcycles was introduced as an economic necessity due to the collapse of public transportation system. He therefore urged other states to emulate the initiative.
He further advised the government to ensure that no one is issued a vehicle until he is properly trained by a certified driving school in order to guard against reckless driving.