Bauchi State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MaxAir transport company on daily air services from Bauchi to Abuja.
Speaking shortly after signing the MOU at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi, Governor Bala Mohammed said the agreement will no doubt improve commercial activities in the state.
He explained that, the agreement is to provide commercial Air Transport Services between Bauchi and Abuja using its 128 Boeing 737 aircraft for daily flights at the rate of twenty five thousand naira for an initial period of 3 months renewable for another 3 months.
According to him, until the route fully stabilized, the state government will subside 30 percent of seats as government is not unmindful that in every aspect of human activities, transportation played a vital role.
“It is in realization 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 signing of the MOU as a welcome development as it will 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 patronize the air transport system in the state.
“I am appealing to the Federal Government Organizations, Corporate Organizations, Investors, Tourists and International Organizations to join hands with the Government in patronizing the services.
To this end, the Governor said the state government will monitor the services to be rendered in order to ascertain the standard and quality of the services.
On his part, 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 qualitative services.