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Obaseki extends free bus service until November

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has accepted the extension of the state authorities’s free bus programme for an additional 5 months.

The extension implies that the scheme will run till 11 November 2024.

In response to a press release by the Particular Adviser to the Governor, Media Initiatives, Crusoe Osagie, the free transport scheme was launched in September 2023 for an preliminary interval of two months to cushion the impression of the Federal Authorities’s elimination of gas subsidy on the folks of the state.

Following the success of the primary part, which benefited over 1.5 million folks from Edo, the Governor prolonged the palliative programme till February, April and later July 2024.

The free transport scheme covers all intra- and inter-city routes operated by the state-owned Edo Metropolis Transport Companies (ECTS), together with Auchi – Igarra – Ibillo – Ososo; Uzebba – Ikhin – Otuo, and Abudu-Ubiaja, Abudu-Urhonigbe and Ewohimi to Ewatto.

The routes throughout the metropolis are Ramat–Kingsquare; New Benin–Kingsquare; Kingsquare–Ekenwan Street; Kingsquare–Airport Street; Kingsquare–Sapele Street and Kingsquare–Adesuwa, Kingsquare–Ogida; New Benin–Higher Mission; Kingsquare–Ugbowo; Kingsquare–Agbor Street; Kingsquare–Higher Sokponba; New Benin – Ugbowo and New Benin–Aduwawa.

The assertion additionally stated that the Managing Director of the Edo State Transport Authority (ESTA), Mrs. Edugie Agbonlahor, stated the extension, which got here within the wake of the success and suggestions of the programme in nearly a 12 months, additional underscores the federal government’s dedication to the welfare of the folks of Edo.

The assertion additional states that the Governor has graciously accepted the extension of the free bus service till November 11, 2024.

“The choice relies on the success and suggestions generated by the virtually year-long programme and the federal government’s dedication to the welfare of the Edo folks, particularly in gentle of the current financial challenges brought on by the elimination of gas subsidy by the Federal Authorities,” Agbonlahor stated.

Agbonlahor inspired all residents to take advantage of the prolonged interval of free bus transport, whereas assuring them of the federal government’s dedication to making sure the welfare and prosperity of the folks.

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