By Amos Aar
THE governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has commissioned the Makurdi branch of the state’s Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre.
Governor Alia who performed the ceremony on Wednesday at the North Bank suburb of Makurdi, the state capital, said the initiative was aimed at modernising the transport system, instilling efficiency, and ensuring the safety of roads and citizens.
He called on all responsible citizens to embrace the service and encourage its widespread utilisation.
Alia revealed that the centre in Makurdi is pioneer amongst the four (4) centres to be built across the state, adding that the other centres are to be built at Otukpo, Gboko, and Katsina-Ala.
ALSO READ: Gov. Alia Inaugurates 41-Member Planning C’ttee For Senator Akume’s Thanksgiving, Homecoming Reception
The governor directed that all government vehicles from MDGs and local government areas in the state be taken to the centre for proper computerised inspection as a way of setting the pace for private and commercial vehicles to follow.
He called on the Department of Road Traffic Services and Vehicle Inspection Officers to sit up and take-up the challenge of using modern technology for the advancement of Benue State.
Earlier in their separate remarks, Director, Administration and Supply, representing the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr Nick Joko, Chief of VIO in Benue State, Joseph Zayau, and District Head of North Bank, Pius Ahoame Jime, appreciated the governor for his stride in development so far in the state.
ALSO SEE: Benue Assembly Announces 17 Names of Commissioner-Nominees as Alia Appoints 17 SAs, 24 SSAs
They all stressed the importance of computerised vehicle inspection services in the state and encouraged the general public to prioritise inspection of their vehicles for their safety and that of others.
Governor Alia did not say during the ceremony whether the project began under his administration or from that of his predecessor, former Governor Samuel Ortom. He was also silent on the cost of the project and the prospect for revenue generation.