100DAYS IN OFFICE: ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN MAKING TRANSPORTATION NOW SEAMLESS AND CHEAPER FOR OYO STATE INDIGENES
His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde FNSE has remarkably championed the democratization of benefits for the people of Oyo State, exemplifying an unwavering commitment to enhancing the essence of democracy.
One of the most notable strides in this pursuit is the introduction of the Omituntun SAfER Bus Scheme, a pioneering initiative revolutionizing transportation accessibility and affordability for the state’s residents. Under his leadership, this visionary project has transformed the lives of citizens, providing a reliable, cost-effective, and efficient means of commuting, ensuring ease of movement for all.
The Governor’s relentless dedication to fostering inclusive growth and development through such initiatives resonates with the true spirit of democracy, offering tangible solutions that significantly impact the everyday lives of the people.
Governor Seyi Makinde’s strategic and forward-thinking approach towards creating a more accessible and interconnected society through the Omituntun bus scheme truly reflects his commitment to advancing the welfare and progress of Oyo State populace.
Here are five traceable ways that the Omituntun bus scheme has been making impacts:
TRANSPORTATION NOW SEAMLESS FOR PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS
The Omituntun bus scheme has significantly improved accessibility to transportation in Oyo State, particularly in remote areas that were previously underserved. The scheme has introduced new routes to connect these communities to major towns and cities, making it easier for residents to access essential services and employment opportunities. For example, the scheme now operates buses to rural towns.
The scheme has also made it easier for people to travel within major cities like Ibadan. The buses are well-distributed throughout the city, and the routes are designed to connect key destinations, such as markets, schools, and hospitals. This has made it easier for people to get around without having to rely on private vehicles, which can be costly and time-consuming, especially during peak traffic hours.
2. ALMOST EVERYBODY CAN AFFORD IT
The Omituntun bus scheme offers affordable fares, making it an accessible mode of transportation for people of all income levels. The fares are significantly lower than the cost of using chartered buses, or private vehicles, such as taxis or motorcycles. This has made a significant difference in the lives of low-income residents, who can now afford to travel around more easily without having to worry about the financial costs.
The scheme also offers discounts to students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. This makes it even more affordable for these groups to use public transportation, which is essential for accessing healthcare, and other essential services.
3. IT IS CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE
The Omituntun bus scheme has made commuting more convenient for passengers by providing a reliable and efficient mode of transportation. The buses are well-maintained and equipped with modern amenities, such as air conditioning and comfortable seating. They also operate on a regular schedule, so passengers can plan their trips accordingly.
The scheme has also introduced dedicated bus lanes on some roads, which gives buses priority over other vehicles. This has helped to reduce travel time and improve the overall reliability of the service. As a result, passengers can spend less time commuting and more time on their other activities.
4. IT HAS CREATED JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE
The implementation of the Omituntun bus scheme has created new job opportunities within the transportation sector. The scheme employs a large number of drivers, conductors, agents and super agents, monitoring and compliance teams and maintenance workers. This has helped to boost employment and economic growth in the state.
In addition, the scheme has also led to the establishment of new businesses in the transportation sector. For example, many entrepreneurs have started operating bus shelters and convenience stores along the bus routes. This has further boosted the local economy and created even more jobs.
5. IT IS SAFER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The Omituntun bus scheme is also having a positive impact on the environment. By encouraging people to use public transportation, the scheme is helping to reduce the number of cars on the road. This, consequently, leads to reduced traffic congestion and air pollution.
In addition, the buses used in the scheme are relatively new and fuel-efficient. This further helps to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
Meanwhile, there is another good news for the good people of Oyo state as I round off. The leadership of PTS under the distinguished Hon. Dr. Dikko Salami Chairman/Sole Administrator have installed free WiFi into all the buses while installation of trackers and CCTV are in the pipeline.