Borno State Governor Prof. Babagana Zulum on Thursday inaugurated 500 tricycles, 100 taxi cars and 10 passenger buses for 2,200 indigent people in a bid to tackle unemployment and solve transport problems in the state capital and local government area of Jere.
The governor also donated 50,000 naira to 1,000 tricycle drivers, which were not considered in the distribution.
Zulum said: “These 500 tricycles will be donated to 2,000 young people, four riders per tricycle at a discount rate of 50% of the purchase cost. Taxis will be allocated to 200 drivers at the rate of two drivers per taxi, and they will only reimburse 50% of the cost of the cars.
“The gesture aims to provide jobs for young people as part of our 10-point post-insurgency recovery plan.
“We will also donate cash of N50,000 to 1,000 riders who will not benefit from the tricycles given out. This will help address transportation challenges, which have plagued residents of MMC and Jere LGAs following the state government’s ban more than a year ago.
The governor also said that 10 41-passenger buses had been procured and would be donated to the Borno State Transport System to be added to its vehicle fleet to generate revenue for the state government.
Zulum had announced in the last quarter of 2020 a ban on the import of tricycles into Borno State on the grounds that they posed a security threat to his administration’s post-insurgency recovery program.
The distribution of transportation was the first batch after the ban expired in December 2021 and the governor revealed it would be an ongoing process by his administration as rider operations had been scheduled to verify the insecurity initially encountered when the administration was created.
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