President Tinubu Approves 50% Slash In Inter-State Transport Fares Nationwide For Yuletide

 President Tinubu Approves 50% Slash In Inter-State Transport Fares Nationwide For Yuletide

President Bola Tinubu has given the green light for a substantial reduction in travel expenses during the upcoming yuletide season.

Commencing from December 21, 2023, until January 4, 2024, citizens can enjoy a 50 percent discount on inter-state transport fares for both mini and luxury buses.

In a press briefing at the Aso Rock Villa, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, expressed the President's commitment to ensuring affordable travel for the masses.

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He revealed that not only would road transport benefit from the price slash, but all train services would be absolutely free during this period.

"This special presidential intervention is a token of goodwill towards Nigerians, allowing them to travel at half the cost via buses and enjoy complimentary train rides," Alake stated.

The Federal Government, collaborating closely with transporters, road transport unions, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation, is set to execute this initiative seamlessly.

Alake assured that discussions with all relevant stakeholders had taken place, and measures were in place to guarantee a smooth implementation.

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While this initiative encompasses various modes of land transport, air travel remains excluded. Alake clarified that the focus is on catering to the needs of the masses.

As air travel is often considered a luxury beyond the reach of the majority. "It is for the masses. Air is luxury. The masses don’t use air transport. So they are our main target," he explained.

This announcement comes as a welcome relief for many Nigerians, especially during a season traditionally associated with increased travel.

The Ministry of Transportation, under the guidance of the President, is poised to ensure that the benefits of this holiday travel package reach as many citizens as possible.

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Whether planning a visit to loved ones or embarking on a holiday adventure, Nigerians can now anticipate more affordable and accessible travel options, thanks to President Tinubu's thoughtful intervention.

As we approach the festive season, this initiative is poised to make a positive impact on the lives of countless citizens, fostering a sense of shared joy and unity throughout the nation.

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