By Ann Ngbea
As part of its efforts to reform the state’s transport sector, the Benue State Government is to establish a State Transport Management Agency towards strengthening the sector’s activities.
The Commissioner for Power and Transport, Barr. Omale Omale made this known during a meeting with officials of the Benue State Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) at their Head Office, North Bank, Makurdi, recently.
The commissioner, who noted Governor Hyacinth Alia’s vision and bold steps aimed at revamping the state’s transport sector through the provision of necessary tools and logistics, emphasized that the new reforms will also include: appropriate funding of the sector; establishment of State Traffic Management Authority; training and retraining of personnel; provision of adequate logistics and operational vehicles as well as adequate manpower for effective, efficient and excellent services.
“All these will be captured in the 2024 budget”, Omale assured.
The commissioner also charged officials of the VIO to be dedicated and committed to duty. “As VIOs, you must understand your mandate and code of operation in order to deliver credible services”, he admonished, adding that, in line with Governor Alia’s vision to transform and revamp the transport sector, officials of VIO must learn to make use of the available meager resources to provide immediate needs of the agency for effective service delivery.
While appreciating the impact of the transport sector on Benue people, Omale stated that the new reforms will also be directed towards: organisational, structural and operational reforms.
“It is imperative that you should all understand appropriate channels of communication and channel information accurately and there must be coordination and direction of information dissemination”, he added, even as he called on all Vehicle Inspection Officers to be their brothers’ keeper, embrace team work, respect one another, conduct themselves properly and ensure smooth operations in order to achieve fruitful results.
In their separate remarks, VIO Divisional Heads of Konshisha, Vandeikya, Gboko and Otukpo all enumerated challenges of the agency to include: lack of facilities, inadequate equipment and logistics, insecurity and inadequate personnel.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Acting Director of Transport, Engr Msugh Orkor charged officials of the VIO to listen attentively and be free minded to channel basic challenges of the agency to the commissioner for necessary action.