By Ita Akpan
Ephraim Edem, State Chairman, Minibus Drivers Owners Association (MDOA) in Cross River State chapter has called on the state government to come to their aid and provide them with more 500 minibuses to the association, suggesting that it will go a long way to
provide jobs for the hundreds of drivers, and also ease transportation in the rural areas of the state.
He expressed confidence that this will boost the economy of the state during this period. He spoke to journalists in Calabar after a general
meeting of the association meant to enlighten their members on what the government expects of them.
“We are using this opportunity to solicit government help, we want them to facilitate our access to 500 minibuses, by a mutually approve procedure between the association and the state government” “In fact, this is our first meeting since the pandemic began.
We are using it to enlighten our members on how to avoid running afoul of traffic laws. We told our members to change all their vehicles to state colour which are blue and white. We also told them to obtain security code numbers”
Explaining further, Okon said, “We also stressed on their need tooperate in such a way that they wouldn’t run afoul of the newly formedagency, Traffic Management and Regulatory Agency, (TMARA) formallyDOPT, Department of Public Transportation.
Their attention was also drawn to the need to synergies operations with the Road Safety and VIO as fleet owners” Okon also highlighted the advantages of minibuses in public transportation system, stressing
that they are compact; they occupy less space; they don’t go on hair-raising speed and they are capable of carrying people and farm
produce from the nooks and crannies of the state to the marketplace inall the 18 local government areas of the state”
With additional 500 minibuses, not only will this provide jobs for more drivers during this pandemic period, it will also drive the state economy” the chairman stressed.