The second batch of Coal City Cabs Nissan Sunny Modal has been delivered to Umuchinemere Pro-credit Micro Finance Bank Nigeria Limited (UPMFB) Enugu to manage, with the new cabs blessed at Okpara Square Enugu on March 1, 2010 by the bank's chairman Mgr. Prof. Obiora Ike, and Rev. Dr. John Amadi.
The second batch comprised a total of 300 taxis and they are under the management of UPMFB just as the first batch of 200 cabs. Umuchinemere Pro-credit MFB is a sister organization to CIDJAP, with its Director, Mgr. Ike being the chairman of the bank Coal City Cabs (CCC) scheme is an affirmative development programme of the Sullivan Chime administration in Enugu State aimed at poverty eradication, particularly among the unemployed male youth of the state.
The CCC scheme was launched a year ago by Governor Chime himself, at a ceremony that attracted a large gathering of people from all walks of life in the state. Blessing the second batch of cabs, both Mgr. Ike and Fr. Amadi, as well as the managing director of the bank, Mrs. Nnenna Maria Ekete, advised the operators of the cabs to handle the taxis with utmost care, so that the vehicles would last the test of time.
They enjoined them to ensure prompt payment of their daily returns to the bank to ensure the government accomplishes its aim of embarking on the project, which is a revolving programme. Responding, the operators of the cabs promised not to disappoint both the government and the bank in the way and manner they would handle the taxis.
The new Nissan model cabs have been distributed to the lucky applicants/operators. Meanwhile, UPMFB has organized a one-day orientation for operators of the cabs, where they were taught highway code, road safety measures, good human relationship with their passengers and other members of the public, driving etiquette, and the importance of exhibiting good personal conduct while on operation.
Managing director of the bank urged the operators to always do what is right and to adhere strictly to what they were taught at the orientation, advising them to endeavour to make daily individual savings at the bank for the rainy day, while making their daily payment promptly.
The bank's Head of Business Development and Finance who co-ordinates the bank's supervision of the CCC, Mr. Odinaka Okeke, expressed happiness about the encouraging attendance of the orientation by the operators.
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