163,878 Nigerians Benefitted FG Free Transportation in 10 Days – Alake

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Minister of Solid Minerals Development and chairman of the Committee on the Implementation of the End of Year Transportation Subsidy Programme of the President, Oladele Alake said 163, 878 Nigerians benefited from the federal government transportation rebate across the country.

Special adviser to the minister, Kehinde Bamigbetan, who made this known in a statement quoted Alake describing the programme as a huge success.

He added: “Alake said the programme, which was approved by President Tinubu on December 19, 2023, provided free transportation on the routes of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and 50 percent subsidy on transport fares for passengers travelling on 30 routes serviced by bus operators under the umbrella association, the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria, ALBON.

He also noted that the programme was a demonstration of the president’s empathy and love for the Nigerian people, who are culturally and emotionally committed to travelling to their hometowns at the end of the year.

According to him, the programme was also aimed at easing the financial burden of the citizens, who are facing some economic challenges due to the global pandemic and other internal factors.

“Between December 21 and December 31, 2023, figures available show that the NRC conveyed 71,000 passengers, while buses operating under the auspices of ALBON carried 77, 122 passengers, and 652 bus trips originating travels from Oshodi Interchange in Lagos carried 15,766. This means no fewer than 163, 878 passengers benefitted from the Presidential Yuletide Transportation Subsidy in the first 10 days of the programme.

“Secondly, while train bound passengers enjoyed total free service, road travelers paid only 50 percent of the fares. The subsidies depended on the fares ranging from a saving of N21,500 on a Lagos-Abuja road trip fare of N43,000 and N15,000 on a Lagos –Onisha bus fare of N30,000,” Alake said in the report.

He appealed for co-operation from the passengers and the bus companies to manage the return of passengers from their respective locations back to their bases till Thursday, January 4, 2024, as the programme is still ongoing.

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