By Simeon OSAJIE
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved free transportation ride for passengers across all Edo City Transport Ltd (ECTS) routes to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal by the federal government on people of the State.
In a statement signed by Andrew Okungbowa, Chief Press Secretary to the Edo State Governor, said the free transport service is aimed at significantly reducing the citizens’ mobility problems and improving their welfare amid the hardship caused by the federal government’s subsidy removal policy.
The statement reads: “His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has directed the State-owned transport company, Edo City Transport Ltd (ECTS), to commence free bus services to all passengers on all their routes with effect from 11th September 2023.
“The free bus service which spans an initial two-month period covers commuting within the Benin metropolis and from Benin- City to the major cities in the three senatorial districts.
“The Governor’s compassionate approval is aimed at providing succour to the people of Edo State in the light of the numerous challenges arising from the removal of the fuel subsidy.”
He added, “It is hoped that this transportation support of the caring Governor will significantly reduce the citizens’ mobility problems and improve their welfare within this period, while all efforts are being made to purchase new gas-powered buses for the State.”