Road hauliers in Kwara state have taken advantage of 50 minibuses, popularly called ‘korope’, from a business partnership between the state government and a finance company aimed at improving their economic standard.

Presenting the vehicles to the beneficiaries, who are members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Ilorin, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said the event marks the second phase of the intervention project for community transport of his government.

The governor, represented by Works Commissioner Iliasu Rotimi, said the project aims to facilitate the movement of commuters, goods and services between communities in the state.

He further said that the first phase of the intervention was launched in August 2021, when TOAN members took advantage of 100 tricycles being rolled out.

He also said that the beneficiary carriers are expected to refund N3.7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months.

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“This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by SEAP. The government for our part guarantees the provision for the benefit of our people. It is remarkable to commend the management of SEAP who has always helped our government, especially in the area of transportation.

This is the kind of strategic partnership we have always advocated in our efforts to ensure shared prosperity. We have not only invested in infrastructure, especially on the road to opening up our communities that have been neglected until now. We have also created direct and indirect jobs to lift much of our young population out of laziness through various interventions.”

“We are confident that your careful use of these vehicles will generate more economic value for our people. I am confident that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to work with our government as we strive daily to give new life to our people.”

The Governor’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) for Community Intervention, Kayode Oyin-Zubair, urged the carriers to seize the opportunity to enhance their economic development and growth.

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The governor’s assistant also appealed to beneficiaries to always save money to facilitate repayment.

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