The Government of Oyo State has approved the purchase of 106 brand new buses for the mass transit scheme in the state.
This is just as it has also approved the construction of two link roads around Akobo, as well as junction improvement contracts in the Challenge area of Ibadan.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Wasiu Olatubosun; his Budget and Planning counterpart, Adeniyi Farinto; and the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Seun Fakorede, who addressed newsmen on the outcome of the state’s Executive Council meeting, said that the approval was in line with the government’s drive to transform the transport sector and improve the state’s economy through same.
Fakorede said that the 29th State Executive Council meeting approved the purchase of the buses at the cost of N9.3billion.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, the state government indicated that the approval for the purchase of the buses was one of the resolutions reached at the meeting.
Fakorede noted that transportation was a vital factor in the economic development of any nation, adding that the purchase of the buses would greatly assist the development of intra-city transportation in Ibadan and other parts of the state and also boost its economic development.
He said the operations of the Bus Rapid Transit scheme, as a major means of public transportation, had been accepted in some Nigerian cities over the years.
The Pacesetter Transit Scheme is a good example of the BRT system existing in Oyo State, according to him.
The Commissioner said, “I wish now to state that the effort and the commitment of the present administration under the visionary leadership of His Excellency, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde, are revamping the agriculture sector in the state.
“So, it is imperative that the state provides adequate and effective means of transportation, of moving persons, goods, and services, which will have a multiplier effect on commerce and economic development of the state.”