October 1, 2023

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Subsidy Removal: Rivers Residents Agog Over Fubara Free Buses

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Port Harcourt residents have expressed excitement over the free transport intervention scheme of the Rivers State government, describing it as people oriented.



The scheme which was flagged-off, on Tuesday, by the governor, Siminalayi Fubara, is to mitigate the economic challenges faced by residents of the State as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy.

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Fubara said the State Government under his watch was aware and concerned by the difficulties the fuel subsidy removal has caused the populace which necessitated the decision to initiate the intervention.


In this Vox Pop, residents of the state, responded as follows:


Mr. Victor Christopher, “This is a masses driven government. kudos to the newly elected governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, he is a correct grassroot man. the buses are free, all I pray is journey mercies to and from every destination.

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“Who will condemn this kind of people oriented subsidy cushioning initiative? it is indeed a welcomed development.”

Mr. Ikechukwu Duru, “It is a welcomed development, that is what government should represent, that is what government was originally created to do, solve problem not compound or create them.


“Sincerely, governor Fubara has done well if truly it will be free as they said. You know how people behave in this country, before you know, they start collecting N50, from there N100. Another thing is how they will handle the vehicles so that it will last.

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“It is a very good one, I am delighted and we appreciate the governor for this, even as I want to appeal that it should be monitored so they ensure its smooth running.


Also, the drivers should be well taken care of, this is employment, if they are not paid, they will come up with means to pay themselves, that is my take, thank you.”


Mrs. Abigail Uchenna, a market woman said, “well, I go talk whether em try or em no try when I don enter the bus(laughs). Eh! Because I never see the motor, na hear I hear am.

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“I no be Thomas oh! You ask me whether governor try for the free bus wey him give Rivers people, I say I wan enter first before I go know, I never taste soup you dey ask whether eh sweet. Okay em try but make I first enter am go oil mill come back.”


Mr. Samuel, “Ofcourse, it’s a welcomed development, infact, if the governor continues like this, he will do well like his predecessor, governor Wike or even better. You know, before when we calculate what we spend on transportation monthly and deduct from our salary, you will have a take home, but since this fuel subsidy whole thing, we even spend more on transportation than we earn, so, this is one of the best things any government has ever done.”

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Mrs. Alice Philip, “yes, it’s good. I wish we can even enter it to Aba because me I go to Aba to buy my market, but the governor have tried, God bless him.”


Mr. Chisom Emmanuel, “It’s a good one, I commend him for this kind gesture, but, the operators or drivers of these vehicles should be supervised and it should be handed over to very careful drivers so that they don’t destroy it and before you know they park it or abandon it as old properties, please.”

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