By Muhammed Shaeed
In a quest to cushion the high cost of transportation caused by the withdrawal of subsidy, the Borno state governor, Governor Babagana Zulum on Tuesday released 80 vehicles to the farmers.
Mallam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the governor made this known in Maiduguri. He stated that the vehicles comprise 50 buses and 30 pick-up vans to convey farmers to their farms for free.
“To reduce the high cost of living caused by the withdrawal of fuel subsidy, Gov Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday, released 80 buses and pick-up vans for free transportation of farmers.
“The 80 means of transport will comprise 50 luxurious buses to be allocated from the fleet of the Borno Express Corporation, while the 30 pick-up vans will be hired by the state government.
“Due to the removal of fuel subsidies which although has a long-term benefit, the cost of transportation has increased.
Therefore, the Borno State Government has decided to provide 50 buses and 30 pick-up vans to convey farmers to their farmlands this rainy season,” the statement concluded.