By Kennedy Dimaku
In a bid to key into Federal Government Mass Transit Scheme to empower Nigerians, Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has launched its mass transit saying it would add value to quality and decent transport services across the country.
Executive National President, Alhaji Musa Shehu Isiwele addressing the beneficairies in Abuja noted that the scheme is targeted towards assisting members of the association in all the state of the federation have access to brand new vehicles with repayment plan of three years.
He stated that the scheme is design to distribute 5,000 vehicles but RTEAN has commenced the flag off with 400 vehicles that are available, adding that the cost of the vehicle is 2.5 million with payment spread within three years, and with inbuilt comprehensive insurance and dependable tracking devices in the cases of theft or any other circumstances.
He maintained that the choice of the vehicle stems from the availability of spare parts and as well as three years guarantee from the manufacturers noting that the members are professional who would bring to bear their professional capability.
Speaking also the Sector Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Commission, FCT Command, Wobin Ayuba Gora commended the initiative but but was quick to say that RTEAN should train their driver in order to achieve the required result. He posited that drivers not adhering to road traffic rules and regulations would be the challenges that need to be checkmated if the association really wants the vehicles to last. “Training and supervision of drivers to ensure they comply with the road traffic rules is very necessary.” He said.
Former Deputy Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim mantu commended RTEAN for the vision to key into the transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration noting that government intervention could get to the right people through association such as RTEAN.