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Bauchi Govt approves N1.38bn to purchase 60 buses

Bauchi State Executive Council has approved the purchase of 60 buses at N1.38 billion to boost its Mass Transit Company, operators of “Yankari Express” and other agencies.

The Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to Governor, Alhaji Ali Ali, said this in Bauchi while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, presided over by the governor.

Alhaji Ali explained that 30 buses out of the figure would be allocated to the state-owned Mass Transist Company, operators of Yankari Express, to enable the company to boost its fleet.

He said that 20 buses would be allocated to the 20 Local Governments in the state while the remaining 10 buses would be retained by the government.

Alhaji Ali said that State Executive Council also approved for the state government to access credit facilities of N8 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the bank’s Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme.

He said that the state House of Assembly had earlier approved the loan while the EXCO, during its Wednesday’s meeting, approved the loan to improve agricultural activities in the state.

The special adviser said that the state government would access the loan through United Bank for Africa (UBA) and would be used to encourage rice, fish and agro-allied production in the state.

He said that government had started accessing the credit facilities since 2016 when it introduced its ANCHOR Farmers Borrowers’ Programme.

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