Delta Boosts Water Transportation With 130 Boats

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The Delta Government says it has approved funds for the purchase of 130 boats to boost marine transportation in the state.

It also said that it had approved the procurement of 1,000 tricycles to enhance intra-city transportation in major towns.

The Commissioner for Transport, Mr Benson Igbakpa, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba.

He said government was determined to provide an affordable and effective transport system in the state.

Igbakpa said the approved boats were made up of 100 big water buses and 30 small boats, adding that approval had also been given for the construction of seven new jetties and rehabilitation of existing ones.

He explained that the tricycles were to replace commercial motorcycles whose operations would soon be restricted to only feeder roads in the state.

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The commissioner said the decision to remove commercial motorcycles from major roads was to reduce accidents and criminality associated with motorcyclists.

Out of the 1,000 tricycles approved for purchase, he said 800 would be devoted to passengers while 200 would be strictly for cargoes.

Igbakpa further disclosed that the government would soon take delivery of 150 buses which would include 100 Toyota Hiace and 50 luxury Macopolo brand.

On human capital development, he said plans were on for the establishment of a Drivers’ Institute in the state in collaboration with the FRSC.

Igbakpa also told NAN that the state’s School of Marine Technology, Burutu, had completed its first academic session.

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