From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
Following Federal Government lifting of ban on inter-state travels, Peace Mass Transit Company has directed all it branches to resume operations without adding extra charge on the commuters, even as they must stick to the safety rule of two passengers in each seat of the buses.
The directive was issued by the Chief Executive Officer of company, Evangelist Prince Maduka Onyishi, in a press statement.
Evangelist Marika said his decision in not increasing cost is part of his own palliative to cushion the effect of Covid-19 pandemic adverse effect on average Nigerians, in as much as the transport company has become his own ministry of evangelising and demonstrating a Christian way of life.
He stated: “Instructively, all PMT passenger vehicles are to carry only 50% of normal capacity, and at no extra cost to the passenger. The management of the company has also provided infrared thermometers for screening of passengers and staff and equipment for constant decontamination of depots and vehicles at points of departure and arrival”.
Onyishi stressed that resumption of critical services to kick-start the economy of families and the nation was more expedient than any immediate consideration for personal profit.
“The cost of extra measures we have instituted and loss of revenues that would come with reduction in carrying capacity, are significant, but I consider them part of the continuing sacrifice we make for the public good, well being and overall safety of compatriots.
“We have always maintained that PMT has never been just about being a business; it is my own ministry through which I touch lives”.