By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Nasarawa State Government is partnering with the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), as well as the Keystone Bank, in a bid to revive the now rested Nasarawa Transport Service.
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, announced this while hosting a delegation from PAN and Keystone Bank, led by the Chairman of Pan, Hon. Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, at the Government House, on Tuesday.
According to the Governor, his administration will partner with the two organizations because Nasarawa State without a transport company is handicapped.
To this end, Engineer Sule directed the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Muhammad Ubandoma Aliyu, to constitute a committee comprising officials from the state Ministry of Works and the Managing Director of the Nasarawa State Investment Company, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi, alongside some members of his team, which will liaise with the partners for the project to commence immediately.
The Governor announced the readiness of his administration to kick-start the restoration of the state transport system by the modest purchase of at least 30 vehicles, two for each of the 13 local government areas and the remainder for long distance travel.
“I believe these kinds of things cannot wait because they are for the good of the state,” he stated.
While commending both the Chairman of PAN and the Keystone Bank Executive Director, Northern region, for their commitment and devotion to making Nasarawa State efficient, Engineer Sule appreciated Keystone Bank for being a wonderful friend and partner, having assisted the state in so many areas, including the Corporate Social Responsibility that saw the bank renovate some schools in the state.
The Governor urged members of the team to undertake an inspection tour of some facilities belonging to the Nasarawa State Transport Service, particularly its workshop, as well as the site of ongoing construction of the Lafia Mega Bus Terminal.
Engineer Sule promised to reserve a space for the transport company at the two new mega bus terminals being constructed in Karu and Lafia.
“It’s indeed a thing of joy for us that the two ambassadors of Nasarawa State, are leading the pack to ensure that we revive our Nasarawa State transport service,” an elated Governor Sule said.
Earlier, leader of the delegation and Chairman of PAN, Hon Wadada, expressed willingness of the team to support the state government resuscitate the state transport company, towards making life easier, convenient and cheap for its citizens.
“And for everything that has to do with the success of this government, the betterment of the citizens of Nasarawa State, we will not relent in bringing to the table, the values that we have,” the PAN Chairman said.
Hon. Wadada explained that, in bringing the needed values to the table, for the government to achieve its set objectives for the good of the citizens of Nasarawa State, PAN will provides the vehicles while Keystone Bank will fund the project.