Palliative: Zulum unveils 70 buses for metro transport, civil servants


Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has unveiled a new fleet of 70 buses for metro transport and to ease the movement of civil servants to their various places of work in the state.

According to a statement on Monday by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau , the initiative is aimed at alleviating the burden of commuting for both government employees and the general public. 

The unveiling ceremony was held at the premises of Borno Express terminus in Maiduguri.

Gusau said the new fleet of buses was specially acquired for the purpose of commuting workers and comprised of standard-sized buses and larger buses to accommodate a greater number of passengers. 

He noted that each vehicle is equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning facilities and comfortable seating arrangements to ensure a pleasant commuting experience. 

 Zulum, in his remark during the unveiling, said that this second phase of the intervention in the transport sector is to alleviate suffering due to the removal of fuel subsidy. 

 He further said that 30 out of the total 70 buses will be dedicated to conveying civil servants to their places of work from 7:00 am to 9:00 am , later to return to pick them  between 3:00 pm and 5:00 Mondays through Fridays. 

He said: “I want you to ensure that these buses start operations tomorrow morning (Tuesday) unfailingly. You should however be mindful of our situation and ensure that you bring down the cost of transportation. Let us consider it as a social service and not as a revenue generation drive.”

The governor commended the management of the state owned transport company for transforming the face of Maiduguri terminus and improving the welfare of both the serving and retired staff. 

He said: “Since he assumed office, the General Manager has been paying entitlements of his staff as at when due. This is very commendable.”

Meanwhile, the governor also unveiled newly constructed structures and remodeled buildings at the terminus.

The structures are to serve accommodation for travelers, and for operations of businesses such as restaurants and offices. 

Conducting the Governor round the facilities, the General Manager, Mohammed Grema noted that all the construction projects were funded with internal revenue generated by Borno Express company.

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