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N10bn approved for transport operators palliatives

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Government of Nigeria has approved N10billion as palliative for transport workers and operators to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses.

A statement signed by the Director of Press, Ministry of Transportation, Eric Ojiekwe reveals that the fund is currently domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Investment while the transport ministry is currently working on the modalities for its disbursement

Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, while playing host to the President of Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association (PTONA), Engr. Isaac Uhunwagho, and the association’s National Executive Committee and Trustees in Abuja said she would discuss and address challenges operators face from State governments and other stakeholders through the National Transport Commissioners Forum.

Saraki, while stating that “90 percent of Nigerians travel by road, said that the federal government would soon initiate a master plan that will reform the sector”

The Minister also revealed that she is in talks “with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on the concessions of some routes with the aim of increasing the government’s revenue”

She further urged them to avoid duplicity and formalize their structures in an organized manner for better engagements, with the ministry and other relevant agencies.

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