By Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has entered a pact with an airline provider, MaxAir to provide daily commercial flight services in the state.
Bala Mohammed, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the transport company on Wednesday said that the agreement is to improve commercial activities in the state.
The Governor explained that the services would be available at the rate of N25,000 for an initial period of three months which is renewable for another three months. Saying the flights would be available between Bauchi and Abuja using MaxAir Transport company’s 128 Boeing 737 aircraft daily.
According to him, until the route fully stabilised, the state government would subsidise 30 per cent of seats as government is not unmindful that in every aspect of human activities, transportation played a vital role.
“It is in realisation of the role of transportation in the upliftment of the living standard of people that the present administration in the state has taken steps to transform the sector.”
Represented by his Deputy, Senator Baba Tela, the Governor described the MOU as a welcome development as it would strengthen the administration’s commitment towards promoting Public Private Partnership for the development of the state.
“The purpose of cooperation of Government and Private sector through PPP is for fulfilling sustainable services. Certainly this agreement will fast track access to markets, goods and services, empowerment, housing, healthcare and education among others.”
Governor Bala Mohammed pledged to give the necessary support and encouragement to facilitate the general public and some agencies of government to patronise the air transport system in the state.
“I am appealing to the Federal Government organisations, corporate organisations, investors, tourists and international organisations to join hands with the government in patronising the services.
He said the state government would monitor the services to be rendered in order to ascertain the standard and quality of the services.
Meanwhile, the general manager of the Company, Dr Raymond Omojale who said the company would commence operation on the 26 of this month, pledged to provide quality services.