The taxis will be loaned out to drivers.
The Ogun State Government on Monday inaugurated a Modern Taxi Scheme with 150 new taxis to improve public transportation in the state.
The ceremony took place at the Arcade Memorial Ground located at Governor’s Office Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. The cabs, painted in the state’s taxi colours, are to be loaned to drivers, who are members of transport unions in the state.
Leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) were also at the event.
The governor, Ibikunle Amosun, in his speech said increased population of the state necessitated the purchase of the cabs.
“The influx of more people in the state, as a result of coming for greener pastures remain one of the reasons to improve on our transportation system, with acquisition of 150 brand new air-conditioned vehicles,” he said.
Mr. Amosun emphasised that his administration is committed to the developmental of the state, pointing out that the better roads being constructed by the government would contribute to the long life span of the cabs.
The State Chairman of NURTW, Akeem Adeosun, in his speech expressed the union’s appreciation to the government’s initiative.