According to a government statement issued in the commercial capital, Cotonou, a sum of 1 billion CFA Francs (1.7 million U.S. dollars) had been set aside to enable Zemidjans to purchase new motorcycles that could be used in agriculture.
Besides the sum of 1 billion CFA Francs, Benin’s government equally announced the International Fund for Agricultural Development had given the country a total of 28 billion CFA Francs to support the agricultural sector. Part of the money, the government said, will be used to support agricultural activities of the Zemidjans.
Since the freezing of recruitment of graduate youths into Benin’s public administration due to poor macro-economic conditions and mismanagement of public resources in 1980s, taxi business became one of the alternative solutions to the problem of unemployment among Beninese youths.
Today, there are over 300,000 taxi drivers in Cotonou alone and one of them can earn daily wages that range from 2,500 CFA Francs to 3,000 CFA Francs, a wage that is higher than the average salaries of some Beninese civil servants, some experts have observed. Enditem