Bauchi – The Bauchi Government says it has reactivated its driving school and employed 50 new members of staff for the office of the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).
Mr Bukata Bayero, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, disclosed this on Thursday in Bauchi at a news briefing.
He said the measure was aimed at improving the culture of defensive driving which was the hallmark of road safety in the state.
Bayero said the school was the only one in the North East zone of the country.
The commissioner said that 500 students drawn from different parts of the zone were undergoing training at the school.
He said there were also officials from the state’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as federal establishments in the state.
Bayero said the recruitment of 50 MVA staff members was to boost the strength of the department in tackling the increasing rate of accidents with the attendant loss of lives.
He said that the ministry was also expending N11.3 million to renovate the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) complex headquarters along Jos Road.
The commissioner said efforts would be intensified in ensuring safety on the roads.
On the N7.99 billion Bauchi International Airport project, he said that work was progressing according to schedule.
He said the access road and the apron had been completed to sub-base level.
Bayero said that the terminal buildings, control tower as well as the fire engine parking bays had reached various stages of completion. (NAN)