As a way of cushioning the effects arising from the redesigned naira notes, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has directed that beginning today, Thursday, February 16, 2023, all Edo City Transport Service (ECTS) buses are to provide free services to passengers, as a means of reducing the effect of the cash scarcity experienced by the people.
A statement by Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media Projects, Crusoe Osagie said the directive is applicable to all routes and is effective till Monday, February 20, 2023, after which further announcement would be issued on the matter.
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“The government calls on the people to remain calm and law-abiding and assures that normalcy will be restored shortly”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the state chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria have called for restraints and a halt to further protests in the state.
A statement by the chairman of the NUJ, Edo state council, Comrade Festus Alenkhe said when things normalise, Nigerians will still revert to the use of the various critical facilities now under destruction.
The statement named some facilities now under attack to include Banks, Automated Machines (ATM), Point of Sales Shops (POS), street lights in Benin city and other government property.
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Alenkhe called for restrain as he said the Union suspect the politicisation of the policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria as the union condemned the actions of State and Non State actors who are behind the crises. “the facilities in the state including streetlights , physical infrastructure and other amenities are for the use and benefit of all Edo people that should be protected.”
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