The buses were bought privately by the governor.
The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Monday donated 30 fairly used 112-sitter buses to kick-start his free transportation scheme for students.
The buses were privately procured by the governor in the United States of America (USA) while he was on an official trip.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony of the buses, Mr. Shettima said he chose to procure the buses from the USA not just for their affordability but for their usefulness towards helping parents convey their children to school.
“I bought this personally because government is not supposed to buy secondhand items. This is my personal and modest contribution to the development of our education sector. We should be seen to walk the talk; it is not all about making loud pronouncement, but making genuine efforts towards addressing our problems.”
He disclosed that he got the buses at “give-away prices” of $6000 (N970, 000) and $9000 (N1.4 million) each, adding that it was a worthy sacrifice on his part.
Mr. Shettima said the state government is looking at making the free students transport scheme “a matter of policy for the whole state, after reviewing the efficacy of the scheme within the metropolis of Maiduguri.”
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Musa Kubo, said the buses services would be jointly managed by the Ministry of Education and the state owned Borno Express Transport Corporation.
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