The Plateau Government says it will soon commence the distribution of 300?additional taxis acquired to be distributed on loan to youths.
Mr Abraham Yiljap, the Plateau Commissioner of Information, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that arrangements had been concluded for the exercise.
NAN reports that the state government, after its ban on commercial motorcycles, purchased and distributed tricycles and mini cabs to youths on loan to cushion the effect of the ban and also empower them.
The second batch of the cars under project “Tackling Poverty Together Project Urban Transport Scheme”, acquired about a year ago, is yet to be given out.
Yiljap, who spoke on that delay, said the measure was to “get things right’’.
“The vehicles had to be painted in the state’s commercial vehicle colours. We also had to insure them before handing over to the beneficiaries,’’ he explained.
He said that processing the forms received from interested members of the public had also contributed to that delay.
The Information Commissioner, however, said that Gov. Jonah Jang had directed the Ministry of Transport to complete the entire?process of allocation within one week.
“The transport ministry is currently vetting prospective drivers and has started distributing guarantor forms,’’ Yiljap?said. (NAN)