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HoS launches mass transit buses for civil servants

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan at the launch of the buses in Abuja

The Federal Government has launched the first phase of twenty high-tech buses to ease the transportation burden of Civil Servants in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Performing the ceremony in Abuja, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, explained that the project was facilitated in collaboration with a private engineering and construction company, FEMADEC to reduce the cost of transportation of civil servants and decongest the bus stops around the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, which is usually overcrowded during the close of work.

Dr.Yemi-Esan added that easing the transportation of civil servants had been one of the targets of her administration, in line with the objectives of government to ensure a healthier and safer environment for civil servants.

 She said, “This pillar is targeted at addressing the socio-economic wellbeing of civil servants, which if not tackled holistically, is capable of impeding the efficiency of workers.”

The Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, Ngozi Onwudiwe, noted that the pilot phase of the scheme will commence across six routes in the FCT.

The permanent secretary represented by the Director, Federal Integrated Housing Scheme, Uchenna Obi listed the routes to include Karu-Jikwoyi Orozo-Karshi; AYA-Nyanya; Mararaba-Ado and Masaka; Berger-Kado-Gwagwa and Karmo.

The Chief Executive Officer of FEMADEC Group, Fola Akinnola, who noted that the initiative to provide the buses started in 2019 maintained that the buses, which will run on CNG, came at a critical time when Nigeria was battling with the rising cost of diesel.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shuaibu, editing by Daniel Adejo