The Executive Director of Rivers Transport Company Limited, Pastor Ayo Bassey, has said that the comfort and safety of passengers are paramount to the company.
Pastor Bassey stated this while commissioning a new motor park at Rumuokoro, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area recently.
He said the park would ameliorate the difficulty faced by passengers residing within the area from coming to the company’s base at Waterlines House to board vehicles and travel.
According to him, the park built in partnership with other bodies would accommodate at least 30 vehicles, and enjoined both the drivers and passengers to patronise the park and enjoy the best in transport services.
In an interview, the Executive Director reiterated the adverse effect of loading and off-loading at passengers along the road by drivers, stressing that apart from causing traffic hold-ups, such drivers risk harassment and embarrassment from the law enforcement agents.
Loading from the parks provides safety to passengers going to anywhere”, he note and called on all commercial drivers plying the Rumuokoro route to avail themselves of the opportunity and patronise the park for their own comfort and avoid being arrested or getting their vehicles impounded by the police or Rivers state Road Transport Port Management Agency (TIMARIV).
He said apart from the 16 states in which RTC has motor parks, the company was making effort to open motor parks in the remaining states of the Federation as transit points.
According to him, although RTC is facing some challenges including competing with other operators who he said feels that RTC is a threat to them because of its efficient performance, bad roads, unfavourable terrain among others, the company was working towards providing a point of sale machine to enable passengers pay their fares at the parks through the system.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Assistant General Manager, Business Development, Mr. Wariso said that RTC will ply Onitsha, Asaba, Owerri, Omoku, Beyelsa, Lagos, Abuja and other cities in the county, from the Rumuokoro Park close to Safari Fast Food.
Also speaking, the Councillor representing Ward Seven in Obio/Akpor LGA, Hon. Chinedu Ikwunga lauded the management of RTC for establishing a terminal at Rumuokoro and called for patronage while a consultant to the company for Rumuokoro Park, Mr. P.C. Nwabuzor advised commuters to take advantage of the services rendered by the company by travelling with RTC vehicles from Rumuokoro to other RTC Parks in other states for their comfort.