The chairman pointed out that NATA has made great impact and achievements in Jigawa State adding that before now the association had branches only in Gumel Hadeja and Dutse the state capital. “But today, we are in all the 27 local government areas of the state, and we are waxing stronger”, he said.
Concerned about the problem of unemployment among Northern youths and the attending poverty plaguing the region, a female transporter in the area, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed Jae, has said that the surest way to eradicate the menace is through the creation of massive employment opportunities and the empowerment of the less privilege in the society.
Hajiya Aisha who is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JAE Transport Service Ltd, and who is believed to be the first female transporter in the North, disclosed this to Transport Day in an exclusive interview at her Badawa Head office in Kano recently.
According to her, for long, she had had cause to be worried over the problem of unemployment among Northern youths and the lingering poverty in the region that have compounded the suffering of the masses who have been living on hand to mouth affairs without any succor from anywhere.
“This is one major reason why I decided to open JAE Transport Services and in less than two years when we started, we have given out about 1400 tricycles (KEKE NAPEP) on hire purchase on very simple terms to our teeming youths which by and large, many families, households and uncountable hangers on, benefit immensely”, she said.
She pointed out that, in line with her desire to uplift the needy, her company has in its employ over 100 members of staff-both junior and senior – who are on the official pay roll of the business and has the intension to employ more in the New Year.
On the high rate of import duty and tariff which most importers complain about, the transporter who at one time imported her machines directly from India and recently within the country, says her company has no problem on that, pointing out that it follows all due import process in line with Government rules and regulations.
Commenting on the closure of the nation’s borders by the Federal Government, the Managing Director believes the Government did that with good intention as against those who think otherwise adding, “may be some day, the borders may be relaxed by the same government which may be a good omen for everybody”.
Aisha who reiterated her commitment in empowering those in need, particularly unemployed youths, orphans and widows, would however want the government-both Federal and State- to encourage business concerns like hers either through interest free loans on importation of vehicles for them at affordable price so that they on their own part, will expand their ventures, create more job opportunities and boost revenues generation for the governments.
“This is the most bitter challenge to us and most investors, lack of empowerment by government. Which is making us incapable of expansion and creating more windows for our youths, customers and other less privilege Nigerians”, she re-emphasized with bitter emotional concern.
In the meantime , she added, her company will soon commence interstate transport services and towards this end, 12 mini and 12 hummer buses will be purchased for that sector as well as 100 mini trucks for intercity haulage service which all be leased out on hire purchase to interested qualified drivers.