The Federal Government has concluded plans to distribute 2,000 buses to cushion the effects of transportation on Nigerians, especially those living in rural areas.
Dr George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, made this known on Friday at the interactive session he had with stakeholders of cooperative societies in Nigeria, at his office in Abuja.
Akume explained that the initiative was a collaboration between his ministry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other agencies of government.
He said the ministry took the decision to pass through the cooperative bodies to ensure the materialisation of the project, rather than giving out loans to individuals, which might delay quick execution of the project.
He also said the essence of the initiative is to ensure that rural force have access to transportation facility now that there is a slight adjustment of the price of fuel and some transport business men can decide to take advantage of fuel increase over Nigerians.
Also speaking, Olakunde Jeff, Project Coordinator, Cooperative Asset Scheme, explained that the Federal Government had given the buses to cooperative societies at a very good price for onward distribution to interested members of the society.
The initiative, according to Jeff, would also mitigate the effect of challenges of transportation faced by rural farmers, even as he assured that they would receive greater attention of the programme.