The Kwara State government has said that the present administration is committed to making the right investment in human capital, job provision infrastructure development and security architecture with a view to encouraging socio-economic growth and the safety of investors.
Senior Special Assistant to the governor community intervention Kayode Oyin Zubair gave the indication at the commissioning of state of the art fully equipped, company run tricycle workshop in Offa, Offa local government area of the state.
The workshop which was in partnership with Simba TVS tricycle is established with the sole aim of supporting local mechanics and spares dealers in various parts of the state and beyond to have access to genuine tricycle spare parts.
According to him “This workshop will be focused on the development and enhancement of the support infrastructure: spares, technical services and engine oil, easily accessible to the people instead of travelling to Ibadan or Lagos State,” he said.
Oyin-Zubair, added that the workshop will provide job opportunities for the people and also improve the economy of the state, as the workshop is the first in the North Central region and also the location is picked to cater for people in the southwestern state of Osun, Ekiti and some parts of Oyo State.
He said the state’s partnership with Simba Company was not afresh, recalling the fruits of their synergy on community transport system and agriculture (irrigation) last year.
“The government has facilitated smooth mega service programs for the SIMBA TVS in 2020 with the release of the Metropolitan Square, which he added, involved a free engine service for about 500 TVS tricycles on each occasion, as manufactured by the company.
TVS SIMBA Business Development manager Varinder Jha, said the opening of the new workshop in Kwara is further testimony to the commitment to ensure its customers has unfettered access to its spare parts and best technical services.
He said “The opening of this workshop is
supporting the nationwide availability of service centres, which is driven by our desire to support our customers across the length and breadth of Nigeria,” he said.
The Chairman of Kwara State Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, Alhaji Abdulrahman Olayinka Onikijipa who commended the state government for the initiative, said the establishment of the workshop was in the state will safe unions extra cash and time in travelling outside of the state to buy spare parts.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of Simba TVS brand of tricycles, saying the products were road worthy and bound to return profits to commercial drivers.
Also speaking Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin, the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, said the workshop will contribute to the development of the economy of Offa and Kwara state as whole to be assembling and repairing of TVS motorcycle.
He called on the government to invest more in the transport business because it posses the ability to drastically reduce the employment rate in the country.