Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto on Thursday inaugurated the first private transport company in the state, AMAL Transport Services, founded by Dr Muhammad Alkali.
He used the opportunity to urge entrepreneurs to invest in ventures to improve the economic activities of the state, stressing that more investors needed to come up with activities that would turn around the economic fortunes of the state.
He said the about 20 vehicles comprising buses, cars, pickups and ambulances would ease transportation hardship faced by commuters, especially visitors in Sokoto state and environs.
“People now know where to go and hire vehicles of their needs, like ambulances, pick-ups for load carrying and chartered vehicles for different purposes,” he said.
The Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Alhaji Bashir Gidado, commended Alkali for the courage to float the company.
He noted that most residents, including visitors, use commercial tricycles and other unorganised systems of transport, especially during marriages and other ceremonies in Sokoto State.
He assured that government would support and patronise the company, adding that the company would provide employment for citizens and enhance revenue generation for the state.
In his address, the founder, Alkali, who is also a Lecturer at Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto (UDUS), said he had nursed the ambition for a long period to establish organised smart transportation services.
“It is a new approach to provide township taxi, airport shuttle services and other transportation services, including logistic movements from Sokoto State to various areas, ” Alkali said.