MD/CEO of ECTS , Hauwa Dupe extol Governor Godwin Obaseki ‘s caring Spirit for Edo People…..As Passengers appeal for extension of Free Transport Scheme


Oct 17, 2023

MD/CEO of ECTS, Hauwa Dupe extol Governor Godwin Obaseki Caring Spirit for Edo People….. As Passengers appeal for extension of free transport

The Managing Director/CEO of Edo City Transport Services, Mrs. Hauwa Dupe Ohikhuai has described His Excellency Godwin Obaseki as a Governor who places the wellbeing of Edo People first in all his agenda.

Mrs. Hauwa stated this while speaking to some Journalists on the success recorded with Edo City free transport services as directed by the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki to cushion the pains of Edo People.

She attributed the success recorded so far to the Governor of Edo State for the provision of all necessary support and logistics for staff to implement the free transport and sustain the scheme since September 11, 2023.

She noted that the turn out of travelers have increased to 90% as people are seen traveling to their villages to farm, to check on their age parents which ordinarily would not have been possible due to increase transport fare by commercial drivers.

Speaking further, she admonish passengers who ply intercity routes to express gratitude to the Governor by behaving responsibly at the terminal. ” The truth is that the money these passengers have saved this period,I believe should be deployed into other areas of their family life , so therefore, I expect them to behave responsibly at the terminal. We usually issued numbers to them but most of them, out of impatient would always want to evade the process, sometimes, they harrass my staff and beat them up in the process, this is wrong. I want them to comport themselves and know that as far as they are in the terminal, they will always travel”.

Speaking also to the Crusaders Voice, the Ramat terminal supervisor, Mrs. Obasogie Bridget said the free transport services has been a huge success as age people are seen traveling on a daily basis without paying.

She pointed out that commercial drivers collect 7,000 from Passengers plying Benin to Akokoedo axis while Auchi, Esan central presently pays 5,000 to drivers but with the introduction of Free Transport Services by the State Governor, passengers are filled with gratitude to Edo State Government.

Scooping further, some of the passengers traveling to Ubiaja spoke with the Crusaders Voice as they all appeal to the Governor for extension of the free transport services to further help them in the present harsh economy.

Speaking, Mr. Peter Michael, a civil servant noted that the support from ECTS is helping them to save money for other things. “I am traveling to Ubiaja and this is what I do twice weekly, as you know, transport fare is high and this support is making me save for other family needs. I sincerely thank the Governor for this gesture, this action of his, has shown that he has us in mind. I am appealing that this should be extended at this time.”

Another passenger who also spoke with the Crusaders Voice is a Pensioner, Elder F. E Ikede who said he travels to Ubiaja weekly and the free transport has reduced the financial burden on him. ” I thank the Governor for remembering the down troden at this time. May God bless him and increase him. I appeal that he should please extend the scheme to further help many poor people who will be traveling to their villages at this time.”

Speaking, another Civil servant, Mrs Kate Omoike also commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for the free transport services. ” I am very grateful to the Governor and the management of ECTS for this kind gesture. It has enabled me to spend less and save money for food items for the family.

Mr Osaro Ogbeiwe on his part noted that the 5,000 he usually pay to Ubiaja is now save for other things and has helped him to fend for his family this period.” My only appeal is that the Governor , Godwin Obaseki should please extend this free transport services till February next year”

Mrs Juliana Amainuwa who said is her first time to travel with the ECTS free transport services appeal that the Governor should extend the scheme to next year to help many farmers, traders and Civil Servants in the state.

The Crusaders further gathered that the five routes in charge of inter City free transport services are also doing well as Passengers are maximizing the opportunity to move seemlessly within the town.

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