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Nigeria: Borno Purchases 50 Commuter Buses

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By: Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri

Borno State Government has purchased 50 buses to boost the fleet of Borno Express Transport Corporation. The state Commissioner for Transport, Abubakar Tijjani, made this known on Friday while briefing newsmen on activities of the ministry in the past one year.

He said that 10 of the buses are 51 seaters and would be used for intra-city passengers. Tijjani also said the government was in talks with a South Korean company for the supply of 500 taxi cabs to ease transportation problems in Maiduguri city noting that COVID-19 pandemic has stalled their arrival.

The commissioner said there was a move to establish a traffic management agency that would create job opportunities and sanitise the state traffic system.

He said the ongoing rehabilitation of Maiduguri trailer park at the outskirt of the town, would stop trailers from entering the town where they cause traffic chaos.

He said they have also commenced the biometric registration of tricycle riders to regularise their operations and flush out criminal elements in the business.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Yerima Sale, said about 225 projects were executed by the ministry within one year, including erosion control in Bayo Local Government Area.

Sale also said work on the Maiduguri flyover project, the first in North East which was suspended due to COVID-19, has resumed fully.

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