In a bid to cushion the transportation hardship being experienced by people of the state as a result of fuel subsidy removal, Governor Hyacinth Iormem Alia has handed over 100 newly procured buses to Benue Links Transport Company limited.
Governor Alia who performed the exercise recently at the company’s headquarters in Makurdi, said the 100 buses were one of the palliatives his administration has provided to the people.
He commended management of Benue Links Company for being proactive in identifying and opening new routes to cover more towns and villages across the state even before the arrival and handover of the new buses.
The governor appealed to the company to strictly monitor activities of her drivers with a view to checking arbitrary hike in fares, over speeding, overloading and adherence to traffic rules and regulations.
Governor Alia who commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for introducing a bouquet of palliatives from which states chose to address peculiar needs of their people, thanked him for the wise initiative.
Earlier, Commissioner for Power and Transport, Barr Omale Male, appreciated the governor for keeping to his words and assured him and people of the state that the buses will be used strictly for the purpose they were procured.
In their separate goodwill messages, the state Deputy Governor, Barr. Sam Ode, Hon. Iwuchukwu Moses and the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps and two passengers – Rosemary Iordebee from Benue State and Ede David from Cross River State all thanked Governor Alia for his bold steps to revive Benue Links Company.
Acting General Manager of the company, Alexander Fanafa in a remark, thanked Governor Alia for providing new buses that will boost the operational capacity of the company as well as address the transportation needs of the people.
The Chairman, Benue State House of Assembly Committee on Transport, Rt Hon. Jonathan Agbideh, some members of the State Executive Council and other top government functionaries, were among the dignitaries that graced the occasion.