Borno govt. presents 450 vehicles to NURTW, RTEAN

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Maiduguri- The Borno on Sunday presented 450 vehicles to members of the Nigeria Union of Road Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

Speaking at the presentation in Maiduguri, Gov. Kashim Shettima said the initiative  was to cushion the effects of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on commercial vehicle operators in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the vehicles comprised of 400 Sharon buses and 50 Golf Salon cars.

He said that beneficiaries were expected to repay only 50 percent of the total cost of the vehicles.

“Each of the Sharon buses was  purchased at a cost of N1.1 .

“But the beneficiaries are to repay only N550,000 to the government through their union officials a monitored period,” Shettima said.

He said that the Golf  cars were purchased at the cost of N650, 000 each, but the beneficiaries would  pay only 50 percent of the money.

“Since the state started facing the challenges of insurgency in 2009, one group that has remained a silent victim is the NURTW.

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“Countless number of commercial drivers who are members of the unions  have lost their lives on account of moving people from one point to another,’’ the governor said.

He expressed the belief that the initiative would  boost the commercial transport sector in the state which had been  affected by the  insurgency.

“We all know that once vehicles, especially commercial vehicles connecting states are off  the roads, then a society is brought to a halt.

“This is because more than 70 percent of persons all over Nigeria depend on commercial transport for mobility of trade, social and cultural activities,” he said. (NAN)