By Austine TSENZUGHUL Bauchi
BAUCHI STATE Government has taken delivery of 350 Tricycles out of 1000 ordered by the state government for onward distribution to ease transportation challenge in the state.
The tricycles replace the popular Keke NAPEP or (Achaba) which was banned as one of the measures taken to curb the spread of Covid19 pandemic in the state.
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed disclosed while inspecting the tricycles in Bauchi ,the capital.
He said “the purchase of the tricycles is to cushion the effect of the ban of the achaba on our people”.
“Already the state government has released N250 million out of the money budgeted for this project”.
The Governor said “300 would be distributed to members of National Union of Road Transport Worker, NURTW, and National Association of Road Transporg Owners, NARTO, as part of government’s desire to ensure the advancement of transport sector”.
“As you are aware, we have pledged to provide the necessary tools and ingredients for the people of our state as part of the ongoing fight against COVID-19 pandemic to enable citizens exercise social distancing”.
“We have since stopped the operation of Achaba.These 350 tricycles (Keke Napep) are among the 1000 we planned for distribution to our people who are affected by the suspension of Okada”.
The tricycles would be given out under hire-purchase.
Mohammed also revealed that,the World Bank has supported Bauchi State Government to execute this project, women and youth empowerment as well.
“Whatever we are doing in Bauchi, we are doing it with careful planning, we have got support from World Bank and other sectors,and we will not disappoint our people,our partners and ourselves,we will live up to expectations.