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Yuletide: ALBON, NURTW partner to implement presidential directive on 50 percent discount on transport fares + VIDEO

One of the Commercial Buses Loading Passengers at Area 1 Motor Park, in Abuja, FCT, and Headed for Northern Part of Nigeria on Christmas Day Photo: FMT

*The Association of Luxury Bus Owners initiates a working arrangement with the National Union of Road Transport Workers FCT Chapter, to service the 28 designated routes to implement President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s 50 percent discount on transport fares, as the initiative records 128 passengers from Abuja to four routes in Northern Nigeria enjoying the discount on Christmas Day

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Implemention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s recent directive for 50 percent discount on transport fares for Nigerians on 28 routes across the country during the Christmas celebration has received a big boost, as 128 travellers from Abuja, bound for destinations in the North, including Gombe, Bauchi, Yola and Maiduguri, December 25, 2023, were freighted to their destinations.

Olujimi Oyetomi, Director of Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation on Transportation Palliatives, Monitoring Situation Room, in Abuja, disclosed the passengers paid only half of the transport fares charged for each of their destinations.

 

The statement noted that the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMT) Situation Room Monitoring Team observed the process.

The Ministry stated the North-bound passengers got immediate reimbursement of 50 percent of the transport fares paid upon boarding their vehicles.

Chief Clement Okuefuna  Chairman of the Association of Luxury Bus Owners’ (ALBON) Task Force on the Implementation of the discount personally conducted the disbursement in cash at the Area 1 Motor Park, in Abuja, from where most of the buses which conveyed the passengers took off Christmas Day, Oyetomi stated.

The Ministry since the routes to the North were mostly serviced by low-capacity vehicles as opposed to high-capacity luxury vehicles.

Similarly, ALBON has initiated a working arrangement with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), FCT Chapter, to service the routes.

The Director further said that ALBON made good its promise to publicise venues for boarding the vehicles where passengers could be reimbursed 50 percent of the fares being paid.

Starting from as early as 5 a.m. on Christmas Day, four 16-seater capacity buses began loading, their passengers were given back half of the fares paid, and despatched to Gombe from Area 1 Motor Park in Abuja, said the Ministry.

Oyetomi stated that one 16-seater capacity bus was loaded with travellers who also got the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s discount of 50 percent and despatched for Bauchi.

Additional loaded and headed for Yola, in Adamawa State, while yet another loaded and headed for Maiduguri, in Borno State.

The last 16-seater passenger bus, which loaded, got its passengers refunded half of the transport fares paid back to them and heading for Bauchi and Maiduguri rounded off the operation at Area 1 Motor Park, Abuja, said the Ministry’s Transportation Palliatives Monitoring Team.

The statement noted: “Eight (8) buses loaded with 16 passengers each, totalling 128 (One Hundred and Twenty-Eight cheerful Nigerians got refunded half of transport fares they paid, courtesy of the directive and provisions made for the special period of Christmas (2023) and New Year (palliative ending on January, 4th, 2024).”

According to the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, it is therefore, no wonder to hear the politically conscious Northern Nigerians cheering and chanting “Jagaban, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, 4 plus 4”, even when the intention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, in directing the transport palliative is not towards a political end, but to renew hopes for a better Nigeria.

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