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Rivers: Fubara Set To Roll Out ‘Palliative’ Buses

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One of the buses to procured by Rivers governor, Siminalayi Fubara to cushion rising cost of transportation following removal of fuel subsidy.

Rivers governor, Siminalayi Fubara, will on Tuesday launch high capacity buses to help cushion the rising cost of transportation in Rivers as a result of the recent removal of fuel subsidy on commuters.Rivers commissioner for transport, Dr. Jacobson Nbina, announced this in a statement on Sunday. According to the statement, the inauguration of the buses will be performed by Governor Fubara at the Rivers State Transport Company (RTC) Yard at Waterlines, Port Harcourt.The statement invites organized labour and the general public to the official flag off.” Following the promise of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, Governor of Rivers State to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal, the Rivers State Ministry of Transport heartily invites members of the Organised Labour and the general public to the official flag off of the Rivers State Government Palliative Bus Transport System ,Sir Siminalayi Governor of Rivers State” Our Correspondent reports that photos of the branded of long buses with the photos of Governor Fubara on them have been posted online with the captions: “Promise Made, Promise kept”.It was not clear at the time of filing this report whether fares will collected from commuters or subsidized token will be paid and the routes the buses will ply and number of buses on ground.However, it is worthy of note that the facilities of moribund Rivers State Transport Company, RTC, that was shutdown by former Governor Nyesom Wike at peak of COVID-19 pandemic three years ago will roar back to life.Wike closed the company without any payment to hundreds of the workers in forms of pensions or gratuities till he left office.He refused to yield to all the entreaties to reopen the company were rebuffed.However, It is also not clear if the former Staff of RTC who were owed salaries for about three years will manage the palliative buses.

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