By Abba – Eku Onyeka, Abuja
In order to cushion the effects of Covid-19 pandemic and the increase in pump price of petrol, the Federal Government (FG) has said that it has concluded all arrangements to share buses to viable cooperative societies.
The Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter – Governmental Affairs (FMSDIGA) organised event for stakeholders to that effect recently in Abuja.
Speaking to Nigerian NewsDirect shortly after the event, Olakunle Jeff who is the Project Consultant to the Cooperative Asset Acquisition Scheme ( CAAS) for the Honorable minister of FMSDIGA, Senator George Akume said that the essence of the meeting was to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in line with the agenda of Mr. President.
According to him, “We have been having stakeholders meeting to that effect.The one we just had now was the same meeting with the stakeholders toward lifting about 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. So to that effect, the Minister wants to ensure that this agenda is not only actualised, but also realised.
“So Mr. President wants to ensure that Nigerians enjoy the dividend of democracy through this agenda.”
Jeff Olakunle however informed that the the Ministry wants to ensure that the most viable cooperative societies benefit from the programme which according to him will be strictly monitored so as to reduce transport fares in the country. For that we invited along with the stakeholders, the SCOA motors for the brand of vehicles that will be suitable for the plan of the FG and we had interactions with them.”
Though he wouldn’t know the financial implication of the project, the Consultant said that they have been busy compiling the viable cooperative societies that would be used to implement the programme, even as he added that they would put the buses on the road in order to achieve the aims and objectives of Mr. President. He, however, disclosed that among the cooperative societies that would benefit from the project were those relating to farmers, which according to him would enhance movement of agricultural produce from one location to another at affordable fare.
Olakunle however said that the amount for the vehicles would be discussed by the stakeholders at a larger house, saying that after their discussion, they would take their reports to the Minister who would in turn take it to the appropriate authority. After the approval, he went on, the price will be made available to the suppliers. He therefore informed that enough time will be given to the beneficiaries to enable them achieve the aims and objectives of the FG.
Earlier the Honorable Minister, Sen. George Akume confirmed that the programme would go a long way to cushion the effect adjustment made in the pump price of fuel, even as he added that it would help the farmers in the rural areas in transportation of their produce in and out. Akume however spoke at length on the benefits attached to the project.
It would be recalled that the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Engr. Festus Daudu who was replaced by William Alo from Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment was transferred to another Ministry.