A six-man subcommittee was established to oversee the accomplishment of the initiative’s objectives in the State’s transportation sector as a result of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde’s Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER) initiative, which was created to help the people of the State during this period of increase in the prices of various goods and services caused by the removal of the petrol subsidy.
The goal of this committee is to make sure that, as directed by the state governor, people receive discounted rates for transport services to maintain productivity and to expand the Omituntun mass transit to all of the state’s geopolitical zones through the Pacesetter Transport System by putting the necessary facilities and infrastructure in place.
The committee led by the Chairman, Alhaji Gafar Bello, on Thursday, 17th of August visited the Pacesetter Transport System and were hosted by Hon. Ibraheem Oladeji Salami(DIKKO), who chairs the PTS.
The committee during the on-the-spot inspection at the PTS, made it known that 30 buses are currently in service, but there is a directive of immediate deployment of additional 10 buses to cater for commuters around the geopolitical zones and another 6 buses to be distributed and stationed within each geopolitical zone in the State, for example two buses out of the six, to be stationed in Ogbomoso to cater for commuters within Ogbomoso.
Alhaji Gafar Bello, while responding to some interviewers during the inspection, also made it known that the existence of the Omituntun mass transit has positively affected the transportation system in the State especially during this period, as supposed hikes were not really a problem with movement, citing instances like movement from Amuloko to Beere, Under bridge Iwo road and related axis where commuters pay #100 instead of the #400 hiked price. He also noted that the system is aware of the possible competition with the private operators, and so, there is an interfacing to ensure that the palliative is balanced, and the private operators are not threatened out of business.
He also noted that the feedback has also been effective as they are all being taken into consideration, proven by the measures to increase the number of buses plying routes like Beere to Amuloko where it was reported that the buses there aren’t enough to meet up with the stranding population.
The Chairman also made it known that the State is looking forward very urgently to introduce ticketing to ensure accountability, introduce relatable bus-stops, control over speeding of drivers, overloading of the buses, and to orientate commuters.
Members of the Sub-committee include the Chairman, Alhaji Gafar Bello; Mr. Ademola Babalola; Comrade Kayode Martins; Mr. Salami Oladeji; Engr. Olasunkanmi Babatunde; and Adegoke Ridwan.