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Delta State Ministry of  Transport

The Directorate of Transport has come a long way. It was created out of the erstwhile Ministry of Works and Transport in the year 2003. The Delta State Directorate of Transport has done and achieved much as a service rendering Ministry to the entire State from July 2015 till date.

 

Apparently, the Directorate has effectively keyed into the SMART Agenda of His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration as it relates to the transportation sector of the State economy. Our activities are anchored on the “Strategic Wealth Creation Projects and Provision of jobs for Deltans”.

 

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STRUCTURE OF THE DIRECTORATE:

The Directorate is headed by the Honourable Commissioner who is the Chief Executive, while the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Edwin Abraka is the Chief Accounting Officer.

DEPARTMENTS: 

No Name of Department                Head
1 Land Transport Engr. Austin Odiete
2 Marine Transport Engr. Omoniyi Victor
3 Vehicle Inspection Engr. Oyakemeagbegha Ezonebi
4 Mechanical Engineering Services Engr. Edu Ufuoma
5 Planning, Research and Statistics Mr. Efenudu Lawson
6 Administration Mr. Akozor Nduka
7 Finance and Accounts Mr. Dan Akiri
8 Information and Publicity Unit Mr. Onoharigho Ejoor
9 Audit Unit Mr. Okocha  S.E

 

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ZONAL OFFICES:

The Directorate has sixteen (16) Zonal Offices located at Warri, Effurun, Oleh, Asaba, Kwale, Ughelli, Patani, Bomadi, Isiokolo, Orerokpe, Sapele, Koko, Agbor, Owa-Oyibu, Ogwashi-Uku, Oghara and three (3) Annexes at Abraka.

PARASTATALS:

(1)     Delta State Transport Services Limited

(2)     Delta Waterways Limited

(3)     Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA)

 

MECHANIC VILLAGE, ASABA:

The groundbreaking ceremony was performed by the State Governor, His Excellency Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday 10th November, 2016. The State Government approved the construction of the Ultra-Modern Mechanic Village through the partnership of a private operator under the Build Operate and Transfer Option (BOT) Rehomes Property Development Co. Ltd. is developing the property.

Facilities Inside:

82 Mechanic Workshops, 992 Auto Spare-parts Shops, Police post, Fire Service Post, Bank, Clinic, Designated Motor park, Car Wash, Central Refuse Dump, Union House. The project is to be completed in eighteen months.   

Purpose/Benefits:

(i)      It will bridge the communication gap between the Government and artisans as well as help Government in the regulation of the industry.

(ii)     The project will alleviate the problem of accommodation the Nigeria Automobile and Technicians Associatiuon (NATA) are faced.

(iii)    It will boost the urban renewal agenda of the present administration.

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VISION AND MISSION OF THE DIRECTORATE:

To provide safe, reliable, effective, efficient and integrated transport operations and infrastructure that will best meet the needs of passengers and freight services. 

POLICY THRUST:

  1. To channel all available resources to provide Delta State with adequate, sustainable, affordable, comfortable and safe transportation services in all modes as well as provide Mechanical Engineering/Marine Services to Deltans in general.
  2. To promote general Mechanical/Marine Engineering practices in the execution of State policies and programmes and the provision of equipment support services as well as engineering practices relevant to the transportation industry for rapid development and improvement of transport infrastructure for the benefits of the citizens.
  3. The Directorate is responsible for the design supervision and administration of traffic control services, Inter-city/Intra-city transportation and water craft services.
  4. Directorate is to ensure effective management, control of road traffic policies, safety of lives and property on our roads as well as harnessing of revenue accruing from motor vehicle related transactions and taxation.
  5. To provide transportation infrastructure such as Jetties, Buoys, Pillars, Terminals and Shop Shelter, Lay-bays, Harbour, etc.
  6. To evolve active strategies for the channelization and dredging of Inland waterways routes in order to provide easy access to the Riverine Communities in the State.

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DIRECTORATE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Formulation and Implementation of State Transport policies
  2. Regulating Traffic on State roads, bridges and waterways
  3. Roads and waterways safety measure
  4. Provisions of infrastructure to encourage Inter and Intra city transport by private investors.
  5. Removal of obstruction from the highways and waterways
  6. Vehicle Inspection and Issuance of Road and River Worthiness Certificate.

PROVISION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE

The State Governor, His Excellency Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa approved the provision and installation of the Wireless Light Emission Diode Solar Powered Traffic Light at Mariam Babangida Junction/Okpanam Road, Asaba, Jesus Saves/Summit Road and Ibusa/Nnebisi Road.

Purpose/Benefit:

(i)      It has helped to minimize traffic jams

(ii)     It has improved the orderliness and smooth flow of traffic at the intersections.

(iii)    It will complement the activities of Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA).

 

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PROGRAMMES AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Directorate has effectively keyed into the SMART agenda of His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration as relates to the transportation sector of the State economy.

DESTMA:

His Excellency Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa inaugurated DESTMA on 14th April, 2016. At present, the Agency operates in Asaba, Warri, Effurun and Ughelli.

The pioneer staff of the Authority is drawn from the civil service and newly recruited personnel.

Purpose:

  • The Authority is to ensure safety and total traffic compliance on our highways
  • To impact good driving habit on our drivers
  • It has helped in decongesting of traffic in our roads
  • It is one way of generating revenue to the State.

CONSTRUCTION OF CONCRETE JETTY AND SHORE PROTECTION AT OKO-ODIFULU, OSHIMILI SOUTH LGA 

His Excellency, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State approved the construction of a concrete jetty and shore protection at Oko-Odifulu, Oshimili South Local Government Area. The project has been completed.

Purpose/Economic Importance:

  • The economic importance of jetty cannot be over emphasized as they facilitate boarding/disembarking of passengers and goods.
  • It will provide facilities for the evacuation of their farm products and thus boost economic activities in the community
  • The completion of the project will enhance the strategic wealth creation activities of the SMART agenda.

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PASSENGERS WELFARE SCHEME:

His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa re-launched the scheme and it was flagged off on 29th June, 2016.

Purpose:

  • Designed to compensate would-be accident victim, travelling within and outside the State by way of payment of compensation. For persons that have their names in the State Government approved passengers manifest.
  • To enable Government has the census on casualties of road accidents.
  • To inculcate safety measures into the transport companies and culture of data keeping.
  • The scheme has created jobs for more than 50 (fifty) Deltans since its commencement.
  • The data gathered from the Passengers Welfare Manifest is used for planning purposes in the State Transport Sector and has contributed meaningfully to the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.

 

HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT:

The following has been achieved since the inception of this administration:

  1. Accreditation of School of Marine Technology, Burutu.
  2. Supply of classroom and office furniture for School of Marine Technology, Burutu
  3. Provision of 120 No Life Jackets for Official/Students of the School of Marine Technology.

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COLLECTION OF DAILY ROAD TAX:

The State Government introduced the collection of the Daily Road Tax in December 2015 through the Delta State Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Union of Nigeria (DSCMTUN) under a contractual agreement with the Union.

To streamline activities of Tricycle operations, the State Government inaugurated a supervisory Committee for the commercial motorcycle and tricycle operation in Delta State.

Purpose/Benefit:

(i)      To ensure government continuous involvement in supervision and monitoring of the operation of commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators in the State.

(ii)     The scheme will enforce compliance with the wearing of vests and helmets.

(iii)    The scheme has provided about 1041 jobs for its members and other Deltans

(vi)    The scheme has ensured the harmonious synergy between the State Government and the tricycle operators across the State.

(v)     It is contributing to the Internally Generated Revenue of the State.

 

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COLLECTION OF REVENUE FROM THE EFFURUN TANKERS PARK:

The Tankers Park at Warri is to decongest the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) expressway where petroleum Tankers Park indiscriminately and in the process poses danger to lives of other road users.

Purpose/benefit:

  • It will also address the menace of highway gridlock and environmental degradation caused by commercial and private petroleum tankers and other high axle trucks that visit Warri and environs.
  • The revenue generated from the park will be used to maintain the existing park as well as boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.
  • A consultant has been commissioned to collect the fee and a task force for the decongestion of petroleum tankers from the NPA expressway, refinery environs and the Ubeji-Ifie axis has been inaugurated in November, 2016.

 

COLLECTION OF REVENUE FROM THE EFFURUN TANKERS PARK:

The Tankers Park at Warri is to decongest the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) expressway where petroleum Tankers Park indiscriminately and in the process poses danger to lives of other road users.

Purpose/benefit:

  • It will also address the menace of highway gridlock and environmental degradation caused by commercial and private petroleum tankers and other high axle trucks that visit Warri and environs.
  • The revenue generated from the park will be used to maintain the existing park as well as boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.
  • A consultant has been commissioned to collect the fee and a task force for the decongestion of petroleum tankers from the NPA expressway, refinery environs and the Ubeji-Ifie axis has been inaugurated in November, 2016.

ROAD SAFETY MEASURES:

The Directorate has been constantly in road traffic patrol activities and general road traffic checks throughout the State for the purpose of enforcing road traffic laws, edicts and regulations. It has also been involved in several road accident rescue operation across the State.

The following are dedicated cell phone No. 08034163234, 08037240845 and 08064904535 in case of distress, emergency or obstruction. All these are put in place to ensure safety of lives of road users.

COLLECTION OF CERTIFICATE OF ROAD WORTHINESS FEES   

The Directorate engaged a consultant to process and issue certificate of Road Worthiness for vehicles across the State. The demurrage accruing from the improved activities of the Vehicle  Inspection activities has enhanced the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.

STATE URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMME (INTRA BUS SERVICES)

With the approval of His Excellency, an Inter-Ministerial Committee was set up to manage some buses that were procured by the former administration that were returned by their operators have presently been deployed as they ply routes such as Asaba-Illah, Asaba-Otulu-Akwukwu Igbo and Asaba metropolis charging subsidized fares to bring transportation closer to the people.

OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE DIRECTORATE

*        Continuous Dismantling of all illegal parks and business activities by road sides in Asaba, Warri and Effurun.

*       Coordination of the Activities of Tricycle (Keke) commercial operations effectively in the State.

*      Installation of Road Infrastructure such as Road Signs, Lane Marking, etc.

*        Continuous Sensitization on Traffic Compliance by DESTMA as well as the trial of Traffic violators in Asaba, Warri and Effurun.

*       The Construction of the Concrete Jetty and Shore Protection wall at Oko-Odifulu in Oshimili South L.G.A

*        Bi monthly strategic plan by the Directorate to decongest all traffic flash points in Asaba, Warri, Effurun and environs by combined team of the VIO and DESTMA.

*        Inauguration of a Taskforce to check activities of Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Operations across the State.

CHALLENGES:

  • Inadequate manpower especially in Vehicle Inspection Department, to bridge the gap, request has been made to the Governor to approve voluntary transfer of serving Officers who wish to serve as VIOs.
  • There is shortage of Drivers as the Directorate is unable to meet up with request from MDAs for Drivers to be posted to them.
  • Lack of operational vehicles, especially for use by Vehicle Inspection Officers for patrols. This also applies to the newly established Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA).
  • Inadequate budgetary provision has hindered the overall performance of some of the Directorate projects.