Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has released 80 buses and pick-up vans for free transportation of farmers from their communities to farmlands.
The buses which were released today, Tuesday, July 4, 2023, are to reduce the high cost of living caused by fuel subsidy removal.
The development is coming less than a week after Boko Haram insurgents perpetrated two different attacks in the council.
While they killed eight 8 farmers in Wulari bridge, seven were slaughtered on their farms in Bulajimbam area.
The governor, who inspected the road ahead of the farmers, made a stop-over and dialogued with the military on how the conveyance process would be smooth.
He also said the buses would cushion the effect of fuel subsidy on the farmers.
“You can see thousands of farmers are here, their numbers reached over 10,000, we acknowledge the tremendous support of the Nigeria Army, the police and paramilitary but we must review the hardship of these local people.”
“I’m here not to undermine the effort of the Nigerian Army, but to make things easy to the generality of people of Borno State. For this, Nigerian army should devise methods of surveillance to reduce the hardship.
“Rainy season has a short span, a maximum of three months, screening each and sundry would take at least four hours, and this is never possible. I’m urging the Nigerian Army to look into the possibility of allowing the farmers to go into their farmlands to farm on time, because food insecurity is the worst form of insecurity.
“We must address the challenges of insecurity, the root causes of insecurity which include poverty, infrastructural deficit, climate vulnerabilities and so on. So, we should allow these farmers access to their farms” he said.
Zulum who said he’s aware of the hardship brought by the removal of fuel subsidy, urged the farmers to be patient and endure because “good times are coming soon”.
“The administration, under the leadership of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and indeed Vice-President Kashim Shettima is here to provide dividends of democracy. We might face some challenges now, but at the later stage, we shall be enjoying.
“In order to ease the suffering of the farmers, the state government has decided to provide buses that would convey the farmers to their farmlands at no cost, during this year’s rainy season.
“Here, on this major road – Maiduguri -Damboa – 15 buses are provided and 30 other commercial buses are provided to provide employment opportunities for transport unions in the state. The total of sixty vehicles, luxurious and buses would be provided along this road so the farmers would access their farmlands.
“I urge the farmers to give maximum support to the Nigerian Army; they are here to protect you and establish protocol that would ensure your smooth movement.” he said.