Yuletide: Tinubu approves 50% transport cost for Nigerians

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the reduction the cost of transportation for the Christmas and New Year festivities by 50 per cent on all inter-state routes in Nigeria.

The Minister of Solid Minerals, Mr Dele Alake, who made this known in Abuja, said it was part of effort by the Federal Government cushion the effect of hardship faced by Nigerians.

The reduction is billed to commence on Dec. 21 till Jan. 4, 2024 and would be handled by the Ministry of Transportation.

‘’President Bola Tinubu, in another demonstration of his love for Nigerians, has approved that the Federal Government should intervene to bring down the cost of public transportation.

‘’To allow our compatriots who want to travel to visit their loved ones and hometowns to do so without stress and the extra burden imposed by the high cost of transport around this period.

‘’The President is well aware of the recent increase in cost of inter-state transportation and even for air travel,”he said.

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Alake further said, “Traditionally, our people love to travel during Christmas and end of year to be with families and friends and this has been the practice for ages.”

He added that the ministry would be working with transporters, road transport unions and the Nigerian Railway Corporation(NRC) for effective delivery.

‘’What this means is that from tomorrow, Nigerians willing to travel can board public transport via minibuses, luxury buses at 50 per cent discount of current cost and all our train services on the routes the trains currently serve at zero cost to and fro on their travels this holiday season.’’

Alake said that this reduction would affect routes including Abuja, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Akure, Owerri as well as major inter-state transportation hubs.

On security of lives and properties, Alake said the president had directed the military, Police, Department of State Services(SSS) and other security agencies to ensure the protection of lives property during the yuletide.

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