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FG approves N10b palliative for transporters



THE federal government yesterday, said it approved a N10billion survival fund for transport workers and operators in the country.

  Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, stated this in Abuja when President of Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association (PTONA), Isaac Uhunwagho, led the association on a courtesy call to her.

  Saraki told the delegation that the funds, which will help cushion the sufferings encountered by road transport workers and operators as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is domiciled with Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment.

  According to her, Federal Ministry of Transportation is currently working on the modalities for its disbursement.

  While appreciating the fact that 90 per cent of Nigerians travel by road, Saraki disclosed that the government will soon initiate a master plan to reform the sector.

  Reacting to challenges operators face from state governments and other stakeholders, the minister assured that she will discuss the issues through the National Transport Commissioners Forum.

  Responding, Uhunwagho said their visit was in respect of challenges being faced by the body since February.

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