- The Oyo state government has announced its plan to purchase 106 transit buses at the cost of N9.39 billion
- Seun Fakorede, the state's commissioner for youth and sports disclosed this on Wednesday, October 28
- Fakorede explained that decision to purchase the new buses was made as a result of the shortage of functional mass transit buses in the state
The Oyo state executive council has approved the sum of N9.39 billion to purchase 106 mass transit buses for the state.
Nigerian Tribune reported that this was made known by the state's commissioner for youth and sports, Seun Fakorede, on Wednesday, October 28.
According to Fakorede, the decision to purchase the new buses followed a discovery that there is a limited number of functional mass transit buses.
He added that an audit of the buses under the Pacesetter Transit Scheme showed that several buses have suffered wear and tear and needed to be supplemented.
Fakorede explained the buses will be deployed to routes where the need for them is high.
Meanwhile, following increased violence by persons with ill motives who have taken over the EndSARS protest in Ibadan, the Oyo state government has deployed a special security unit to contain the situation.
Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday, October 20, announced that the state has deployed officers of Operation Burst to various spots in the capital to ensure the security of the protesters.
According to the governor, while the team will continue to protect genuine protesters and their right to protest, the state cannot allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the rallies.
In another report, the Oyo state police command on Wednesday, October 28, stated that it has arrested nine suspected thugs and arsonists over their alleged role in the wanton destruction and looting of properties in the state.
In a statement by the command's public relation officer, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the state police commissioner, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, noted that the EndSARS protest was hijacked, thus the violence and vandalism that trailed the demonstration.
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