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Obaseki Extends Free Bus Scheme Amidst Hardship

Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved the extension of the state’s free bus scheme for an additional five months, continuing until November 11, 2024.

Initially launched in September 2023 to mitigate the impact of the federal government’s fuel subsidy removal, the free transport scheme was first set for a two-month trial period. Its success, benefiting over 1.5 million Edo residents, led to multiple extensions, culminating in the latest extension.

The scheme, managed by the State-owned Edo City Transport Services (ECTS), covers all intra and intercity routes. This includes major routes such as Auchi – Igarra – Ibillo–Ososo; Uzebba–Ikhin – Otuo; and Abudu-Urhonigbe, among others. Intra-city routes like Ramat–Kingsquare; New Benin–Kingsquare; and Kingsquare–Ugbowo also fall under this free service.

Mrs. Edugie Agbonlahor, Managing Director of Edo State Transport Authority (ESTA), emphasized the program’s success and positive feedback as key factors in the decision to extend. She stated, “His Excellency, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has graciously approved the extension of the free bus service till November 11, 2024. This decision underscores the government’s dedication to the welfare of Edo people, especially amidst current economic challenges.”

Agbonlahor urged residents to take full advantage of the extended free bus service, reinforcing the government’s commitment to their well-being and continuous support during these challenging times.

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