The Niger State government says it is set to regive its state owned Transport service through partnership with private investors.
According to the state, this will be achieved through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to bring in no fewer than 500 vehicles to be distributed to different commercial transport operators in the state.
The former commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism now Special Adviser to the state governor on Public Private Partnership (PPP), Mr. Jonathan Vatsa who disclosed this in Minna on Thursday during an interactive session with newsmen said Sanson and Rakiyat Project Limited has agreed to partner with the state government in the area of transportation and will be bringing in 500 different brands of vehicles including Suzuki and Toyota to boost the transportation system in the state.
The targeted beneficiaries will be the National Union Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Association of Commercial Motorcycle Operators in the state with the government providing the enabling environment.
Vatsa also disclosed that the state government has equally gone into partnership with some private organizations in the area of tractors and other farm implements with a view to transform the agriculture sector in the state so as to key into the federal government food security programme.
According to the former publicity secretary of APC in the state, the only way that the present administration in the state can realize it dreams of a new Niger state is to embrace the concept of Public Private Partnership which is the driver of geninue development all over the world today.
He pointed out that the government has line up a number of development projects to be under taken through Public Private Partnership initiative, stressing that it is obvious that the money from the monthly Federation Allocation cannot achieve the desired results.