Yesterday, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State took a significant step to alleviate the high transportation costs faced by farmers due to the removal of fuel subsidy in May. In a statement issued in Maiduguri, the state capital, by Mallam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Governor, it was announced that 80 vehicles have been made available to transport farmers to their farms free of charge.
“To address the increased cost of living resulting from the withdrawal of fuel subsidy, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has released 80 buses and pick-up vans on Tuesday for the free transportation of farmers. Among the 80 vehicles are 50 luxury buses from the Borno Express Corporation’s fleet, while the state government has hired 30 pick-up vans.”
The removal of fuel subsidy has caused a surge in transportation expenses, prompting the Borno State government to take this initiative to support farmers during the rainy season. Governor Zulum emphasized the long-term benefits of the fuel subsidy removal and highlighted the government’s commitment to assisting farmers.
Governor Zulum also met with farmers along the Maiduguri-Damboa road, where he urged them to collaborate with the military and other security agencies deployed in the area for their protection. He expressed gratitude to the military and security personnel for their dedicated efforts in safeguarding the people.