Mohammed mentioned growing the variety of buses and tricycles working within the state would assist compliance with COVID-19 protocols and mitigate the unfold of the virus.
“Today’s distribution is in fulfilment of our promise to the people of Bauchi state, to empower people who brought us to power.
“We also looked at the problems of COVID-19 and the need to enforce the NCDC protocol of social distancing, especially, in the transportation sector.
“This gesture is not for me to be praised, what we are doing is to make sure we do what ought to be done in order to reduce poverty and to provide employment,” Mohammed stated.
The governor who urged the beneficiaries to not see the gesture as political patronage, defined that the buses and tricycles have been launched at a subsidised price, and that they’d pay again inside a interval of two years.
“We have conceptualised this programme to teach people fish. Beneficiaries should know that this is not a free political patronage.
“It is your right and you were carefully selected. Yes! We have provided subsidy, but you will pay within two years through Yankari Micro-finance,” he stated.
Earlier, Mr Modibbo Ahmed, the State Commissioner for Cooperative and SME Improvement, mentioned the governor had fulfilled his promise of offering 1,000 tricycles and business buses to the unemployed youths.
Ahmed stated this is able to go a great distance in making the beneficiaries self-reliant and employers of labour.
Malam Ismael Abdullahi, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), appreciated the governor for the type gesture, saying the governor had succeeded in placing meals on the desk for the members of the union.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that the governor had earlier distributed 345 tricycles on 24, July, 2020 so as to assuage the hardship brought on by the ban of bikes within the state.
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