By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Ondo State Passengers’ Transit Welfare And Safety Scheme (OD PATRAWESS) will commence on Monday
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Transport, Mr Tobi Ogunleye who informed newsmen about the scheme yesterday in his office in Akure noted that it is to ensure safety of passangers traveling within and outside ( intra and inter ) the State.
He highlighted the benefits to include, first aid and medical treatment in case of accident, compensation for death or permanent disability, and efficient tracking and monitoring of passengers buses moving within and from the state to other states.
Ogunleye noted that other advantages are, maintenance of passangers manifest for safety and record purpose, and assistance in tracking misplaced luggage during trips.
The Special Adviser noted that the issues of insecurity and accident make it necessary for people to go to accredited parks to ensure insurance cover for each passenger ,as many lives have been lost because of this.
According to him, the Ministry had started it before, but along the line was unable to forge ahead, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that they are not only relaunching, but also rebranding.
Ogunleye who informed that only a token of N100 will be paid per passenger traveling outside the state and N50 within the State from the original fare and not additional expenses.
He however said a minor who is not paying transportation fare has to pay N50 by the parents or guidance traveling with him within or outside the state so as to be covered.
“The ticket covers only one trip embedded in the transport fare, it is inclusive in the original fare which passengers are entitled to without any increase in fare and our men and other enforcement agents will be on the roads to ensure compliance to protect and safeguard the lives of passengers”
He therefore charged passengers to use accredited parks while traveling for their own safety and should not write fake names or fake phone numbers in the manifest.”We implore passengers to always request for the manifest and fill necessary information as many people have testified to the efficacy of the project”