The Federal Government Nigeria has given its N10billion as a palliative for transport workers and operators.
According to the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, the fund will help cushion the sufferings encountered by road transport workers and operators as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also noted that the fund is currently domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Investment adding that her ministry was currently working on the modalities for its disbursement.
The Minister disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the President of Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association (PTONA), Engr. Isaac Uhunwagho, and the association’s National Executive Committee and Trustees in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of the Press of the ministry, Eric Ojiekwe.
Saraki, while stating that 90 percent of Nigerians travel by road, said that the federal government will soon initiate a master plan that will reform the sector.
On the challenges operators face from State governments and other stakeholders, she assured that she will discuss the issues through the National Transport Commissioners Forum.
The Hon. Min. of State @MinTransportNG, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, has disclosed that FG has approved a ₦10 billion survival fund for transport workers and operators to help cushion the sufferings encountered by road transport workers and operators as a result of #COVID19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/gneZ7bb5yU
— Fed Min of Info & Cu (@FMICNigeria) August 26, 2020