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50% Transport Discount: More travellers benefit from subsidised fares with increased awareness –Ministry

*The Federal Government-Monitoring Team from Ministry of Transport reports the 50 percent discount initiative on bus fares during festive season by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has continued to attract more travellers across Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The 50 percent discount initiative on bus fares during festive season by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has continued to attract more Nigerian travellers across the country, as several passengers were recorded Tuesday, December 26, 2023, Boxing Day, rushing to take advantage of the reduced public transportation fares, according to Transportation Palliatives Monitoring Situation, in Abuja, FCT.

ConsumerConnect reports Olujimi Oyetomi, Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Transport, disclosed that at Jabi Motor Park on Boxing Day, three ‘Borno Express’ Buses of 16-passenger capacity loaded and got 54 all passengers on their manifest refunded half of the fare they paid to Maiduguri from Abuja.

Oyetomi said that some passengers who travelled in buses that left earlier than the three just before the monitoring team got involved to create the awareness at Borno Express Park, Jabi, who were related with on phone, rued missing out on the presidential largesse.

Muhammad Ali, Manager of Borno Express at Jabi Park, pleaded that Borno State, which is the home state of the Vice President Kashim Shettima, that the Federal Government should extend the transport largesse to his people.

At Kano line Park, also in Jabi, passengers that boarded three of the transport company’s vehicles leaving for Kano from the Park, after the monitoring team ensured that they benefited from 50 percent discount, stated that this direct dividend of democracy from their leader, is what they will be looking forward to at another festive period, especially Sallah.

“Times are hard.  I wouldn’t have been able to travel, but when I heard about this programme, I did a quick addition and subtraction and see that with less than N3,000, I can get to Kano.  I made my decision and I have been paid,” one of the Kano-bound passengers who spoke in Hausa stated on record.

The Director of Press and Public Relations also  stated that the Ministry’s monitors observed there’s now a high-level awareness on the part of Nigerians so much that every passenger, irrespective of the route or bus company operator he or she patronises, has demanded the ‘Jagaban’ (President Tinubu) palliative as of right.

Gombe Line at Jabi Motor Park, operated an 18-Seater Capacity bus to Damaturu on Boxing Day with all the 18 passengers refunded 50% of their transport fares.

Yobe Line operated a bus with 14-Passenger capacity.  All the 14 passengers were refunded 50 percent discount on transport paid.

Kwara Express in Jabi operated a Sienna Bus with passenger capacity of 7 persons who got a refund of 50 percent fares paid.

That of Kwara begins the monitoring of the discount implementation for the North Central Zone and especially for Kwara-bound passengers noting that their Governor, Abdurahman Abdurazaq is the Chairman of Governors’ Forum.

His citizens should not fail to be availed this presidential palliative.

The implementation starting point of the discount was done with modest persuasion from Hamza Omolade, Manager of Operations of Kwara Express, who was on the ground at Jabi Park on Boxing Day.

According to the Ministry,  positive comments about the 50 percent discount and commendations for the administration of President Tinubu could be heard from the likes of Naomi Barnabas and Mansur Waziri, Muhammad Waziri, Abubakar Ibrahim, Babagana Imam and Muhammad Ali (around Borno Express Park at Jabi, Abuja); Olawoju Obafemi (around Kwara Express Motor Park at Jabi, Abuja); as well as the likes of Muktar Abubakar (around Kano line Park at Jabi, Abuja); Sanni Magaji (around the Yobe Line Motor Park at Jabi, Abuja, Hamza Omolade (around Kwara Express Motor Park at Jabi, Abuja) and Surajo Abubakar, around Gombe Line Park at Jabi, Abuja.

Oyetomi said it is worth mentioning that Federal Government Officials who are at the apex of managing the 50 percent Discount on transport during the Yuletide as directed by the President  have to be reviewed the strategy for implementation as intelligence comes to them from different parts of the country with the sole objective of being fair in its implementation.

There were, therefore, more routes application and redistribution of target numbers of passengers for the programme with repeated strategy/review meetings and brainstorming.

The Federal Government-Monitoring Team from Transportation Ministry still remains on ground at Kubwa and at Mararaba Parks in Abuja where passengers who benefited from the discount.

From God is Good Motors (GIGM) Kubwa Park, 12 passengers bound for Ikotun, in Lagos, got the 50% discount refund before setting off on their journey.

A vehicle with plate number JRT-140ZY operated by GIGM from its Mararaba (Abuja) Park had all its 8-passengers who were heading for Lagos, also got reimbursed with 50% discount on transport  fares paid.

Oyetomi stated in summary for the Boxing Day, 26th December, 2023, 48 Passengers to Borno; 54 to Kano; 14 to Damaturu; 7 to Ilorin; 12 to Ikotun as well as another 8 to Lagos and the FG Monitoring Team was able to observe these Nigerians paid a 50%discount of the transport fares to their different destinations on Boxing Day especially with the working agreement between luxury bus owners’ association and different transport company operators in Abuja.

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