In response to the federal government’s recent removal of fuel subsidies, the Niger State government has announced its strategic plan to procure a fleet of gas-operated vehicles for inter and intra-city services across the state. This initiative aims to mitigate the impact of the subsidy removal and ensure more affordable transportation options for the citizens.
During the official swearing-in ceremony of sixty Commissioners and Special Advisers at the Justice Legbo Kutigi Hall in Minna, Governor Mohammed Umar Bago emphasized the importance of reducing transportation costs for the public. He assured the people of the state that the new gas-powered vehicles would contribute to lowering transport fares, offering relief to the residents.
Governor Bago acknowledged the challenges brought about by the removal of fuel subsidies. He urged the people of the state to exercise patience as his administration actively seeks ways to alleviate their difficulties. He reaffirmed his commitment to prioritize the welfare of Niger state’s population, striving to uplift their living standards for maximum benefit.
In light of the current situation, the Governor also encouraged Nigerians to explore agricultural activities to combat poverty. Addressing security concerns, he mentioned ongoing efforts to engage in dialogue with bandits, urging them to embrace peace and facilitate the return of farmers to their fields and rural residents to their daily lives without fear.
Governor Bago called upon the newly sworn-in members of his administration, including Commissioners and Special Advisers, to engage directly with their local communities and make positive impacts on people’s lives.
Barrister Morice Bello Magaji, the recently appointed Commissioner of Lands and Survey, spoke on behalf of his colleagues, expressing their commitment to serve with integrity, respect, and humility and assuring the government and people of Niger State that they would fulfill their responsibilities effectively.
Among the newly sworn-in officials, 30 are designated as commissioners, while the remaining 30 hold positions as Special Advisers, each contributing expertise in various domains.
The swearing-in ceremony was presided over by Justice Maimuna Abubakar, standing in for the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Halima Ibrahim.
To uphold his commitment to women’s inclusion in his administration, Governor Bago announced the appointment of 131 women as Senior Special Assistants and Coordinators. This move reflects his dedication to fostering gender balance and urged the appointees to diligently contribute to realizing his administration’s policy objectives. Among the appointments, 90 are Senior Special Assistants, while 41 will serve as Coordinators.