In a bid to enhance transportation efficiency and address growing concerns over fuel costs, the Ministry of Transportation has announced its plans to procure a fleet of electric vehicles.
This move is expected to not only reduce the carbon footprint but also contribute to the ease of movement for commuters nationwide.
The newly sworn-in Minister of Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday when he resumed duty at the Ministry.
According to him, with the procurement of these vehicles, there will be a decrease in the expense of transportation which is presently high because of the elimination of fuel subsidies.
He said, “The Ministry of Transport must assume a leading role in improving the public transportation sector to support the numerous policies that are geared towards providing democratic dividends that are accessible to ordinary Nigerians through effective provision of public transport that is secured, affordable and convenient across the country.
“So, I am going to ensure that the mass transit system is effective and put in place. The agenda of Mr. President is renewed hope and we will make sure that with the removal of fuel subsidy, we have an effective mass transit system and see how we can procure electric vehicles so that at least the cost of transportation with even the mass transit system is reviewed downward across the country.
“I will also ensure a sustainable collaboration with related ministries, agencies, and corporate entities to reactivate the road transport and mass transit operations in the country