JUST IN! Tinubu Announces 50% Slash on Transportation Fare, Free Train Rides - The Top Society

JUST IN! Tinubu Announces 50% Slash on Transportation Fare, Free Train Rides

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President Bola Tinubu has approved a significant 50% reduction in the price of interstate transportation fares this festive  season.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr. Dele Alake, at a press briefing held at the Aso Rock Villa on Wednesday.

Starting from Thursday, December 21, 2023, until January 4, 2024, commuters can enjoy a half-price discount on public transport via both mini buses and luxury buses. Additionally, President Tinubu has given the green light for free rides on all train services within the specified period.

Mr. Dele Alake conveyed the President’s directive.
He said, “It is in this wise that the President is announcing through us that beginning from tomorrow, December 21, Nigerians willing to travel can board public transport via mini buses, luxury buses at 50 per cent discount of current cost and all our train services on the route the trains currently serve at zero cost on their travels this holiday season.

Transportation

“This special presidential intervention will commence tomorrow, Thursday, December 21 and it will end on January 4, 2024.

“The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, will be working with transporters, road transport unions, the Nigerian Railway Corporation to seamlessly deliver on this special presidential initiative.

“I can tell you that all the relevant stakeholders in that industry have been discussed with or been engaged and all the parameters laid out and the Minister of Transportation has the full details and it’s on top of the game.

“In fact, the Presidents of the various transport unions have been met…and everything is in top shape in terms of execution.

“The initiative is for the masses. Air is luxury. The masses don’t use air transport. So they are our main target.”

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This special presidential initiative aims to facilitate affordable and convenient travel for citizens during the festive period. The Ministry of Transportation, in collaboration with transporters and road transport unions, will ensure the seamless implementation of this initiative.

Mr. Alake assured the public that all relevant stakeholders in the transportation industry have been consulted, and necessary arrangements have been made to execute the plan efficiently. He emphasized that the Ministry of Transportation is working closely with road transport unions and the Nigerian Railway Corporation to deliver on this special holiday intervention.

However, it was clarified that air travel is excluded from this initiative, with Mr. Alake explaining, “The initiative is for the masses. Air is luxury. The masses don’t use air transport. So they are our main target.”

As Nigerians gear up for the festive season, this gesture by President Tinubu is expected to alleviate the financial burden of travel expenses, providing a welcome respite for many citizens during the holiday period.

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