Delta Transport Commissioner indicts Uduaghan over Delta line

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Delta Transport commissioner, Mr. Vincent Uduaghan
The Delta State Commissioner for Transport, Mr Vincent Uduaghan has attributed the reason for handing over the running of Delta State Transport Company, Delta Line to administrative abnormalities and abysmal looting, stressing that the reason for the partial sales of Delta line was to serve Deltans better.

Mr Uduaghan made disclosed this at the ongoing Ministerial press briefing when he presented the activities and achievements of the ministry before Journalists at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba.

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Former Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan
He said that the former administrators of the transport company were unable to manage the company effectively, saying they could not justify government’s huge investment in the company and owed salaries of staff for over four months, adding that the new partnership with God is Good Motor Transport Company would reposition the Delta Line more effectively.

On traffic light, the commissioner stated that his Ministry would enforce and enlighten traffic management officers for proper implementation of traffic laws, adding that the state government was considering increasing the salaries of staff by 35% to motivate them in carrying out their responsibility.

He stressed that members of the public play major role in encouraging bribery and corruption among traffic management officers by not  giving to them token to cover up for their offence but not abiding by the traffic rules and ensure that payments for offences were made in the bank.

The Transport Commissioner apologized for the inconvenience caused by corrupt officers in their discharge of duties and assured that the Ministry of Transportation would ensure that it draw out measures to curb the act of criminality in the discharge of duties in Asaba, Warri and other areas of the state.

The Commissioner however appealed to members of the public to stop promoting corrupt practices by being ready to be sanctioned for their wrongs, saying, “There should not be any financial transaction with DESTMA officials, If you are booked, go to the bank to pay, do not give DESTMA money”, he stressed, requesting those with proof of corruption in against DESTMA officials to come forward.

He appealed to motorists and other road users to be law abiding and desist from acts of impunity, advising, “Let us obey our traffic laws to help our system. If you cannot drive against traffic elsewhere, do not do it here. We are not sleeping in our responsibility on traffic control. We will continue with enlightenment and enforcement.”

The Commissioner also spoke on the ban on Motorcycle, popularly called Okada” saying the State Government had commenced clamping down on motorcyclists flouting the ban in Asaba, Warri and Effurun, saying the ban came into force since November 4, 2012, adding that recently over 44 were impounded in warri and Effurun and 15 in Asaba.

“The State Government does not want to see motorcycles in those towns”, he said, adding, “They use them for criminal acts. We will continue to impound them until they stop driving.”

On the malfunctioning and inadequate traffic light in strategic junctions in the State, the Commissioner hinted that contracted had been award lights at Refinery Road, Jakpa Road in Effurun and DBS Junction in Asaba, among other locations.

Mr Uduaghan clarified that his Ministry was not responsible for the generation of revenue to the state government but serves as an instrument of revenue generation.

He also noted that he was not aware that building structures erected in the mechanic village were being sold out but that it was a private venture, saying the state government only provided the enabling environment for the project.

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