The Osun State Government under the leadership of Gov. Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke, on Tuesday, said that it has formally launched 19 buses as part of its attempts to lessen the severe consequences of the Federal Government’s suspension of gasoline subsidies adding that over N25 million was spent to put the buses in good shape.
According to a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, the 19 buses, all of which were dubbed “Imole Buses,” were especially used to transport state employees, students, and the state’s poorest citizens to their various destinations for a nominal fee.
Alimi added that the government would occasionally utilise the proceeds to keep the buses in good operating order and for maintenance.
The statement partly read, “The Government wishes to emphasise that virtually all the buses, due to their almost grounded status and of the road conditions, cost a total sum of 25,274,288.00 (Twenty-Five Million, Two Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Eight Naira) to ensure their roadworthiness to be able to carry out the new services of conveyance of people.
“Accordingly, Osogbo, the Osun State capital, had five buses officially assigned to it for commuting people to the already earmarked routes. Ede, Iwo and Ikirun had two each, while the people of Ife/ Modakeke and Ilesha had three each. The remaining two of the buses are kept on standby for other contingencies that may likely come up from time to time.
“With Osogbo, the capital of Osun State used as a pilot scheme for the official commencement of Imole bus palliatives shuttle services, the government wishes to announce, with all sense of responsibility, that the bus services will be made to go around other towns and cities of the state very soon.
“The buses, it must be noted, are to work on two shifts daily as they ply all the officially designated routes, morning and afternoon of Mondays through Fridays. According to the arrangements, the morning services will be between 6:45 am and 9:00 am while the afternoon shuttles will be between 3pm and 5 pm daily. The government of Osun state wishes to reaffirm its commitment to never let the public down by always keeping to our campaign promises of putting smiles on their faces.”