By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€” A group, Crusaders for Good Governance, has faulted Delta State Government on the distribution of its mass transit vehicles, saying the vehicles ought to have been entrusted in care of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in the state.
Fielding questions from newsmen at Ughelli, Delta State, National Chairman of the group, Comrade Okiemute Onoyivwita, expressed dissatisfaction at governmentâ€™s decision to entrust some of the buses into the care of Agofure Motors, a private transport company operating in the state.
Noting that it was wrong for the government to use public funds to equip a private transport company, Onoyivwita said many more Deltans would have benefitted from the programme if the vehicles were given to the leadership of the NURTW to manage.
He pointed out that the vehicles were meant to alleviate the sufferings of Deltans, adding that it should benefit both travelers and drivers, especially those drivers that have no cars of their own to boost their economic base and that of the union.
He said:Â Â â€œGovernmentâ€™s decision to give Agofure some of the buses to manage could be viewed as a ploy by the governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, to partner with Agofure as a person using governmentâ€™s funds.
â€œAs it is, the scheme is only benefitting the passengers and enriching Agofure whereas it was supposed to benefit both passengers and drivers operating from governmentâ€™s motor parks that are being managed by the NURTW.
â€œThe union pays revenue to the government. In other parts of the country where similar schemes are in place, the vehicles are being managed by the union.
â€œThe union gives the vehicles to its indigent members and they repay the cost of the vehicle by installment to government.â€
Onoyivwita noted that members of the union were responsible people who could be trusted with such vehicles, adding that the union could be made by government to guarantee the vehicles.