Ogun State government has reaffirmed its commitment to up its revenue generation through an organised transport sector that is attractive to investors, providing safe, efficient and affordable services for the motorists.
Salient Times reports that the State Commissioner for Transportation, Engineer Gbenga Dairo, made this known while speaking at the Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the Ad-hoc committee setup by Ogun State House of Assembly on illegal revenue collection and fake ticketing held at the Assembly Complex in Abeokuta.
Engineer Dairo said government has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to developing the transport system by creating Ministry of Transportation, with a mandate to regulate the activities of stakeholders in the sector for safe, effective, affordable and accessible services.
“One of government’s policies on transport is to use it to up our revenue base without losing focus on passengers’ interests which is basically to have a safe, affordable, effective and accessible transport system with a view to achieving smooth human and vehicular movements across the State. We are, therefore, constrained to ensure that the people of the State enjoy organized transport service that would in turn make our dear State a destination of choice for both local and international investors”, Dairo explained.
He revealed that government has concluded plan to create a transport data base through enumeration of all transport operators; drivers, riders and owners in the State which would prevent kidnapping, armed robbery, thuggery and other social vices around the motor parks.
Also speaking on management of parks and garages, the Commissioner said government has concluded plans to engage professional park managers under Public Private Partnership arrangement to handle the day to day activities in the park including sanitation, orderliness and provision of necessary amenities that would make parks and garages attractive, accessible and comfortable to passengers and transport operators alike.
In his earlier remarks, the State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker, who doubles as Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Rt. Hon Oludare Kadiri said government is determined to chat a new course for revenue generation in the State, stressing that legislative back up to stand the test of time can not be over looked.
He urged government agencies to block all loopholes and leakages in revenue generation such as fake ticketing, stressing that enabling environment would improve revenue generation to support the dwindling Federal allocation accruing to the State.