On September 10, 2023, two billion naira in palliative funds was disbursed by the federal government to all 36 governors of every state in Nigeria, with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) requesting the governors to provide information on the names of beneficiaries and the specific relief measures that have been implemented with the money. This call for transparency comes in light of the governor’s unveiling of a fleet of 70 buses dedicated to metro transport, which is aimed at improving transportation services and alleviating daily commute challenges in the state.
In a bid to enhance transportation services and alleviate the daily commute challenges faced by civil servants and the public alike, Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, unveiled a fleet of 70 buses dedicated to metro transport on Monday evening.
The unveiling ceremony took place at the Borno Express terminus, located along the bustling Kano-Maiduguri road. The newly acquired buses, consisting of standard and larger-sized models to accommodate a greater number of passengers, mark a significant stride towards improving transportation infrastructure in the state.
Governor Zulum announced that out of the 70 buses, 30 will be exclusively allocated for the conveyance of civil servants during peak hours, with pick-ups scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and return trips from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Mondays to Fridays.
He urged them to start operations immediately, to be mindful of the situation, and to ensure that they bring down the cost of transportation. He asked the Borno Express management to consider it a social service and not a revenue-generation drive.
Furthermore, the governor inaugurated a series of freshly constructed and renovated structures at the terminus. These facilities are tailored to cater to the needs of travellers, housing amenities such as restaurants and offices, thereby transforming the terminus into a comprehensive service hub.
“All these construction projects were financed using internal revenue generated by the Borno Express company,” the general manager, Mohammed Grema, said.
The initiative signifies a concerted effort by Governor Zulum’s administration to enhance accessibility and convenience for both public servants and the general populace as the state continues to make strides towards sustainable development.
With these strides in transportation and infrastructure, the government aims to significantly reduce the burden of commuting for citizens, fostering greater ease and efficiency in daily travel routines. This development is poised to positively impact the lives of thousands who rely on these services for their livelihoods and daily activities.