Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has commissioned the Computerized Vehicle Inspection Centre provided in the state through Public Private Partnership Arrangement (PPPA). Commissioning the centre last Thursday, the governor said the facility was important not because of the revenue it will generate but for the lives it will save in the state,
noting that most of the vehicles on our roads were not road worthy. He urged motorists to oblige by taking their vehicles to the centre for inspection, and also advised the management of the centre to partner with the road transport unions and make them major stakeholders in the project, as according to him most of the vehicles plying our roads belong to the unions. “I think it makes business sense to make them major stakeholders and have substantial stake in this project for efficiency,” said Governor Bello. The Governor also expressed displeasure over the disobedient to traffic rules by motorists in Minna. “Only in Minna that you will see a traffic light and the police have to hold a rope to force people to stop like animals,” the governor added. He said the state government had built some pedestrian bridges in certain locations to ease traffic and avoid accidents but to his dismay they were not been utilized and called on all relevant law enforcement agencies to commence a strict compliance drive for the use of pedestrian bridges. The governor maintained that he sees no reason why people should park or drive on the interlocked pavements, directing the commissioner for works and transport to look into the possibility of establishing a mobile court to prosecute traffic laws offenders. He said the Niger State Computerized Vehicle Inspection Centre which is second in the country, next to that of Federal Capital Territory affirming that the project was conceptualized under the Public Private Partnership Arrangement by the previous administration and in the spirit of continuity and for the purpose of serving public interest;
his administration had made it a duty to complete and commissioned it. He appealed to private sector investors to continue to partner with the state government for more developmental projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. The governor called on all agencies of government to support the project by ensuring that all erring vehicles were sent to the centre for certification and directed that all government vehicles be taken to the centre for inspection as a way of setting pace for private and commercial entity. He said through proper enforcement the centre can be used to build a robust data base which was needed for planning and development, adding that the project should be carefully integrated into the state revenue platform for transparency and accountability. The governor commended the state ministry of works and transport for keeping the state in the forefront of modern vehicle inspection and traffic management urging the department of road traffic services to maximally enhance their capacity to provide modern traffic service to Nigerlites at all times, and that all motorists to observe all the road traffic rules and regulations. Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Temple SYC Inspection Limited, who were partners in the project, Prince Segun Obayendo disclosed that the project was second in the country and that it was aimed at saving lives. He said the Abuja Centre did not only save lives but also generate revenue, explaining that after Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) the Vehicle Inspection Centre is the next cash Cow for the Federal Capital Territory. Prince Obayendo also informed the governor that with the Computerized Vehicle Inspection Centre, they can tell within a year the total number of vehicles in every part of the state, and that they will do their best to sustain the credibility of the centre.