By jeremiah Urowayino
The Delta state commissioner for transport, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan, has frowned on the misconception attributed to the auctioning of unserviceable vehicles by the State government, noting that proper publication concerning the vehicles and the date of auction were made public.
Uduaghan, made this known in an interview with journalists yesterday in Asaba.
According to him, auctioning of unserviceable vehicles is constitutional, as all procedures required by law were considered before such auctioning was determined.
He also emphasised on the essence of privatisation of Delta Line company, noting that the government in its desire to strengthen the operations of Delta line took the bold step to divest 60% of her ownership in the company to give her a better management-approach and save the state government financial loss.
“Due process was followed by placing advertisement in national and state owned newspaper, calling on interested bidders or investors to indicate interest. The process was religiously followed to the letter, with the privatization process still on –going.
“Successive governments, over 15 years invested funds running into hundreds of millions of naira to make Delta Line thrive, profitable and meet the yearning of Deltans as it concerns the state transport sector, but unfortunately the results has been a monumental failure, bothering on financial mismanagement and nonchalant attitude towards service delivery.
“Delta Line Company could not sustain the payment of staff salaries running into six months before this administration intervened” He added .