The governor of the state of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has appealed to Operators of the popular minibus also known as “Korope” in the State of Osun to reduce recent increment to the fare of transportation per drop.
Governor Oyetola promised to bring an end to the myriads of transportation challenges in the state.
Recall that Bioreports had earlier reported that Korope drivers, who operate in Osogbo, the state capital and major towns on Monday effected the directive of the motorists’ union on the 100 percent increment.
To this end,the governor said his administration is working at a veritable scheme of introducing bus stops and route mappings in all the major roads of the state of Osun, especially in Osogbo,the state capital.
Oyetola made the appealing Speaking through his Special Adviser on Works and Transportation , Engineer Hussein Olatoke, who said the governor expressed reservation over the recent hike in Transport fares in the state by the small commercial bus operators popularly known as Korope.
Engineer Hussein in a meeting with Nigeria Association of Cooperative Transport (NACT), at the conference room of the Ministry of Works and Transportation, in Abere on Tuesday.
At the meeting one of the Korope Operators, Mr Ahmed olayoye, who spoke on behalf of the NACT stated that the increase in the cost of transportation was not an attempt to exploit commuters but borne out of high cost of vehicle spare parts ,hence the need to jerk up the fares astronomically or else they would be thrown off balance,business wise.
Ahmed said, “that in 2006 when Korope was first launched in the state of Osun , it was bought at the rate of between two hundred and fifty to three hundred thousand naira but now sells at almost 2 million naira”.
He appealed to the state government of Osun to create a conducive atmosphere that will, to a large extent, bring down the cost of vehicle spare parts.
In his response Eng. Hussein assured that all the issues raised by the Association would be given an accelerated attention ,Governor Oyetola.
He expressed the view that the current economic downturn is not limited to the state of Osun alone but the country at large.
Eng. Hussien expressed the state governments resolve to as a matter of urgency, commence the construction of bus stations in addition to road mappings in Osogbo,the state capital aimed at cushioning some of the challenges being faced by both commuters and Korope operators.
Present at the interface cum meeting which lasted many hours were the Special adviser to the governor on security, Mrs Abiodun Ige, Chief Vehicle Inspection officer in the state ,Mr F.A Alli, the Executive Secretary,Office of Transportation, Engr. Billial Adiat among other notable figures in the transportation sector of the state.