In the spirit of Christmas, the Enugu State governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved free transportation for indigenes of the state residing in other parts of Nigeria, who are desirous of returning home to celebrate this year’s festive season with their loved ones.
Announcing this on Wednesday, the Managing Director of Enugu State Transport Company, ENTRACO, Mr. Bob Itanyi, said the free transportation will benefit Enugu indigenes in far-flung states of the federation like the FCT, Lagos, Jos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Kano, Minna, Gombe, Ilorin, Sokoto, Jalingo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Port Harcourt, among others.
He disclosed that the exercise would commences on Tuesday, December 19 and end on Saturday, December 23, pointing out that the beneficiaries must be those who are duly registered with the Enugu State Town Unions in their respective states of residence.
The ENTRACO boss stated that the company is coordinating the exercise with the leadership of the unions in the affected states, for accountability and effective result, adding that the gesture was borne out of Ugwuany’s magnanimity and enduring resolve to ameliorate the sufferings of Enugu people as well as accord them a sense of belonging.
He disclosed that the returnees on arrival will be formally received by the State Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Vitus Okechi, the MD of ENTRACO, and others, at the former main depot of the company, opposite the state headquarters of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Enugu.
Itanyi said, “His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, as a God fearing and humanitarian leader has graciously given us approval to convey Enugu indigenes resident in almost all other states back to the state free of charge this festive season.
“This time around, it will not be business as usual. We are going to bring back Enugu State indigenes in body and not ghost indigenes. Nothing will be hidden during the exercise. The leaders of the Enugu State Town Union in the respective states have been mobilized to ensure that our people benefit from this welfare scheme, which the state government has extended to the people of the state.
“We, therefore, sincerely thank the governor for this gesture, which has once again demonstrates his love, kindness and passion for the wellbeing of the people of Enugu State”.