Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State is no longer ‘accidental public servant’, but a determined and well groomed Governor.
Asiwaju stated this in Kaduna on Wednesday while flagging-off the first phase of 200 brand new Peugeot and KIA vehicles for the new Kaduna Cabs Scheme (KADCABS) initiated by the Malam Nasir El-Rufai led administration.
According to Tinubu, “Kaduna suddenly is blessed with a performer, a trailblazer and a committed governor. This time, no longer the accidental civil servant, but determined and well groomed Governor whose experience, knowledge and deep understanding of good governance which he has brought to bear in governing Kaduna people.
“I am greatly honoured to be part of this empowerment scheme for the people by the government. This is proactive effort geared at job creation.
“The Kaduna Cab Scheme is a long overdue initiative. And now that a people oriented government in charge, we are beginning to see not just bold ideas, but equally bold moves.
“It is an economic empowerment program aimed at not just creating wealth, but providing jobs and affordable loans to the people of Kaduna State. The advantages of this initiative range from the economic, to the sociological and security. It will help to begin to sanitize the taxi business system since a database is expected to be established and a monitoring technique.
“I am impressed by the subsidized and soft loan nature of the scheme. It is governance with a human face. I salute Governor El-Rufai for this bold initiative and I challenge him to quickly increase the number of the cabs.
“I am sure the last five to six months have convinced many Kaduna residents that they are indeed in capable hands. That a new sheriff is in town. One who will stop at nothing to make Kaduna excel.”
Earlier in his address, Governor El-Rufai said, the scheme is not an exercise in political patronage, but a business and a platform being created to empower the industrious and the hard working among Kaduna youth.
He said, aside from the 10 percent deposit each of the pioneer owner-drivers of the Kaduna Cabs have made, they will pay for the full value of the cars in monthly instalments of 36 months.
According to the Governor, “We believe that all the major cities in our state deserve a decent taxi cab service. Whether to the airport, from hotels, or on our major roads, it must be possible for a passenger to commute in conditions of comfort and safety.
“It is our duty to provide choice, so that a user can decide which means of transportation is best suited to their needs and pockets at any particular time. We can all agree that it is an anomaly that Kaduna, our capital city, does not have a functioning, organized and regulated taxi service.
“We have designed this taxi cab service to do more than expand choice. In addition to safety, comfort and an enhanced user experience, the cab scheme is a means of creating jobs and empowering owner-drivers. We hope that many of our young people will find owning and running their own taxi cab a fulfilling business,” he said.