Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has inaugurated a N150m empowerment initiative for transport workers in the state.
Speaking at the commencement of the first phase of the distribution of taxis, buses and light trucks on Monday, Ahmed said other forms of empowerment in the sector would be announced in the next few months.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, Ahmed noted that the distribution of 100 taxis was done at a cost of N150m.
The governor noted that his administration would continue to deliver on the dividends of democracy, saying, “In the coming months, this administration will renew its determination to expand opportunities for our people through socio-economic capital projects and programmes that cut across the state, including the provision of 8,200 jobs through Quick Win for our youths.”
Ahmed noted that apart from the N150m transporters’ empowerment scheme, his administration had given N674m revolving credit to various beneficiaries.
This, he said, was done under the state’s entrepreneurship scheme from 2012 to date.
He said, “It is note- worthy that over 70 per cent repayment rate of the previous revolving loan scheme has been recorded.”
The governor added that the programme had brought improved benefit to more people.
While stating that the revolving loan scheme of taxi drivers was not government-funded, Ahmed urged the transporters to “work hard and repay the loans promptly so that others can benefit.”
The governor also counselled the beneficiaries of the taxi scheme to maintain the vehicles regularly, obey traffic regulations and cooperate with security agencies to make the roads free of accidents.
Ahmed, who appreciated the support of the people of the state for his administration, promised that his regime remained guided by a determination to exceed peoples’ expectation.
He stressed that good governance, respect for the rule of law and adherence to equity should be the guiding principles of the national democratic experience as the country moves towards 2015.
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