The Governor of Nigeria’s northcentral state of Niger, Mohammed Bago, has ordered free transportation of government school pupils within the state.
Niger state is about 156 kilometres from the country’s capital, Abuja.
Last month, Nigeria’s new President announced an end to petrol subsidies which cost billions of naira annually. He said Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, can no longer afford it.
The announcement led to a tripling of petrol prices almost immediately.
This measure by the Niger governor is to help ensure that students have easy access to education, amidst the removal of fuel subsidy by the President Tinubu administration.