By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Bayelsa State Commissioner for Transport, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, yesterday, said that the ministry has so far realised N140 million from the restoration taxis.
The taxis were introduced last year, following the ban on the use of motorcycles popularly known as Okada in Yenagoa, the state capital and its environs by the state government due to the alleged recklessness of the operators.
Ebikake, in Yenagoa, at an interactive forum with the cab drivers, said though the government spent over N500million to purchase the vehicles, it had nonetheless realised the sum of N140m since the take off of the scheme last year.
She said aside few of the taxis that were involved in accidents, others were in good condition.
“It is good that government could realise such an amount from the cab operators. We have to commend the governor for the transparency in programme he introduced. Because of that transparency, we decided to follow up and all these vehicles you are seeing today, all have trackers and nobody can escape with any of these vehicles,” she said.
The commissioner noted that the vehicles that were involved in accidents were insured, adding that the ministry would sanction the affected drivers.
She warned tricycle operators in the capital city to obey all road signs with a view to averting avoidable accidents and loss of lives.
On the planned training school for drivers, she said that the simulators and other equipment were on ground and assured that the institution would take off soon.