Allegations of fraud and mismanagement are currently rocking the Delta State owned Transport Company (otherwise known as Delta Line). Drivers and other junior staff of the company are allegedly conniving with the management staff to divert funds into their personal pockets.
Reliable sources said the company presently manages to pay salaries as it has refused to grow beyond the process.
The state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan in a bid to reposition the company, reportedly spent billions of naira to enhance the mass transit, in order to cushion the effects of oil subsidy removal for the indigenes who had been faced with the problems of transportation.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the governor’s huge investments on the company without feasible impact of development, has informed series of petitions by concerned stakeholders that want the company to be privatised or the management staff sacked but this has seemingly fallen on deaf ears.
There has been accusations of gross financial mismanagement levelled on the revenue generation officers, especially the drivers as well as the revenue mobilization officers.
In a petition written by some concerned Deltans, and signed by Comrade Emeka Igboh , Comrade Joseph Otioh copy of which was made available to LEADERSHIP in Asaba.
The petitioners said Delta Line has been swimming in fraudulent sums of N570 million an estimate of funds allegedly diverted by some top management staff of the company.
While urging the state governor to look into activities of the drivers, the petitioners however called for a total reorganisation of the company adding that the company might go into extinction if urgent steps are not taken.
An insider said the drivers allegedly printed personal receipts with same government logo which they issue to passengers thereby diverting funds into personal pockets.
Reacting to the issues, the state commissioner for transport, Mr. Kenneth Okpara however confirmed that the state government was looking into series of petitions from concerned stakeholders adding that audit reports show that there have some fraudulent activities by the drivers who are major key actors in the allegation of diversion of funds.