The governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday released 80 buses and pick-up vans for free transportation of farmers from their settlements to farmlands in an effort to lower the high cost of living brought on by the removal of fuel subsidies.
The 80 vehicles will include 50 opulent buses that will be drawn from the Borno Express Corporation’s fleet, a state-owned transportation provider, and 30 pick-up vans that the state government will hire and furnish.
“We are here purposely to support the farmers, you can see thousands of them have gathered and their numbers can reach up to 100,000. Due to the removal of fuel subsidy which although has a long-term benefit, the cost of transportation has increased. Therefore, Borno State Government has decided to provide 50 buses (and 30 pick-up vans) to convey farmers to their farmlands this rainy season”, Zulum said.
While speaking to thousands of farmers, Governor Zulum urged them to work with the army, police, and other security services stationed along the roadways to safeguard everyone, especially farmers who travel to the outskirts to access their farmlands.
“I want to implore you (farmers) to support and cooperate with the Nigerian Military to the fullest extent possible. The military are here to keep you safe, according to Zulum.
The governor thanked the military for its sacrifices in defending Borno’s citizens, which have made it possible for cultivation to take place throughout the state.