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On Wednesday, President Bola Tinubu announced a fifty percent reduction in the cost of interstate transit tickets for Nigerians departing from Thursday, December 21, 2023, to January 4, 2024, during the holiday season.

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This is because the President authorized passengers to travel for free on all train lines at that time.

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This was revealed on Wednesday at the Aso Rock Villa to State House Correspondents by Mr. Dele Alake, Minister of Solid Minerals Development.

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Alake stated, “In this regard, the President is announcing through us that starting tomorrow, December 21, Nigerians who are willing to travel can board public transportation via luxury buses, minibuses, and all of our train services on the route the trains currently serve at a 50% discount from the current cost.”

This extraordinary presidential envoyship will begin tomorrow, Thursday, December 21, and run through January 4, 2024.

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“To seamlessly execute this special presidential initiative, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, will be collaborating with transporters, road transport unions, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation.”

“I can assure you that all pertinent industry stakeholders have been consulted or involved, that all the parameters have been outlined, and that the Minister of Transportation is fully aware of all the details and is at the forefront of the game,” Alake continued.

“In actuality, I’ve met with the presidents of the different transport unions.and the execution of everything is flawless.

Alake clarified, however, that because the project is aimed at the general public, air travel was left out.

This is a popular initiative. Air is a luxury. The general public doesn’t travel by plane. Thus, they are our primary objective,” he clarified.

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