We Work to Provide Dependable, Comfortable Transport Services- AKTC
Akwa Ibom Transport Company (AKTC) opened over 10 years in
Rivers State, has been providing dependable and comfortable transport services
to commuters between Akwa Ibom and Rivers State, as AKTC buses make daily
shuttles between Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Uyo in Akwa Ibom and Calabar in
Cross Rivers State.
Manager of AKTC Port Harcourt branch, Uduak Johnny spoke with The Vortex service delivery in Nigeria.
According to Jonny AKTC is a pacesetter in the commercial
transportation sector that has become a dependable and comfortable ally to
travelers, stressing that its peculiar services marks it out above its
competitors in Rivers State.
Uduak explained that AKTC was set up at the creation of Akwa
Ibom State by the Ibrahim Babaginda regime in 1986, adding that the company has
made steady progress in the transport sector.
He said the company which is owned by the Akwa Ibom state
government was being managed by the state government until 10years ago when the
government handed over the management of the transport company to a private
firm, Nsuk Motors.
The branch manager attributed the success and growth of the
company to the business touch which the private investor has brought to bear on
the services of Akwa Transport Company.
“We take the lead in safety of customers and that is why we
ensure that our drivers are properly trained and sensitized on customer care
and safety on the roads,” the manager stressed.
Uduak added that AKTC management work in collaboration with
officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Rivers State Ministry of
Transport and other relevant bodies, in ensuring total compliance to
appropriate government policies and statutory agencies.
In AKTC we provide insurance cover for our passengers, in
case of any mishap and we also conduct regular safety on our vehicles and for
our drivers,” the manager explained.
She listed some of the challenges of the transport company
to include the prevalence of bad roads on its major routes, harassment by
security personnel and the activities of task force officials who according to
her make constant demand for all manner of payments.
Uduak said the company has been complying and paying the
approved taxes to the host state government but regretted the menace of double
taxation on transport companies is worrisome. She regretted that multiple
taxation from states and local government and noted that the growth of business
and called on the Rivers State government to address the challenge in order to
attract more investors to the state.
Also speaking with The Vortex, a driver with AKTC, James Jeremiah expressed satisfaction with the operations of the company adding that its policy of safety and comfort of its passengers was commendable.
Akanyele Idoson also a driver with the company who
particularly landed the training programme for drivers, stating that they have
benefited from the training programme of the company.