Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has introduced a new fleet of 70 metro buses to help civil personnel get to their various places of work in the state.
The plan, according to a statement issued on Monday by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, is intended to reduce the stress of commuting for both government employees and the general population.
The unveiling ceremony was held at the Borno Express station in Maiduguri.
Gusau stated that the new fleet of buses was purchased for the purpose of transporting workers and includes standard-sized buses as well as larger buses that can handle a larger number of passengers.
He also mentioned that each car is outfitted with modern amenities, such as air conditioning and comfy seating configurations, to ensure a comfortable ride.
Governor Zulum remarked during the unveiling that the second phase of the intervention in the transportation sector is targeted at easing pain caused by the removal of gasoline subsidies.
He went on to say that 30 of the 70 buses will be dedicated to transporting civil servants to their workplaces between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and then returning to pick them up between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“I want you to make certain that these buses begin operations without fail tomorrow morning (Tuesday),” he stated. However, please bear our position in mind and make transportation expenses reasonable. Consider it a social service rather than a revenue generation goal.”
The governor praised the management of the state-owned transport business for improving the welfare of both serving and retiring personnel at the Maiduguri terminus.
“Since taking office, the General Manager has been paying his staff’s entitlements on time,” he continued. This is quite commendable.”