By Mosunmola Ayobami,Ilorin
Relief may be underway for Kwara State residents in the face of recent fuel scarcity hike as the state government may soon begin mass transportation programme.
The mass transit scheme will commence with 42 buses in six different routes in the state.
The Technical Adviser, Small, and Medium Enterprises, Mr. Segun Soewu, made this disclosure at the Ministerial Press briefing held on Thursday in Ilorin.
Soewu explained that the transit scheme would be done in collaboration with the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) mapping out strategies in a way that its introduction would not affect their means of survival.
“Plan is at the last stage as the first 42 buses are ready to begin. The scheme has been planned in company with NURTW where 6 basic bus stops have been marked out for the scheme in the Ilorin Metropolis,” he explained.
On her part, the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr. (Mrs) Aminat Ahmed, said Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed had released the sum of N181,404,228.06 for the ongoing Engineering Block project and another N60,000,000 for the accreditation of 8 engineering courses in the institution.
The retired lecturer added the state College of Nursing and Midwifery also got N107,434,799.20 for rehabilitation and renovation of the school in preparation for its accreditation while N10 million was released to equip Ilorin School of Nursing to meet the minimum requirement of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
Ahmed further said the College of Health Technology Offa would soon invite National Board for Technical Education for accreditation of six of its courses, as well as enlisting the graduating students of the college for NYSC.
The Commissioner added that Governor Ahmed had demonstrated support for outstanding students in furthering their education both at home and abroad.