A discounted December for Nigerians: Tinubu’s travel package 

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world which plays a significant role in the lives and wellbeing of the Nigerian people. That is why December is not only the last month of the year, but also the eagerly awaited month for everyone as it is the time they take the long journey home to spend Christmas with loved ones.

It is for this reason that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu offered Nigerians travelling home for Christmas by road, a 50% discount on inter-state transportation cost across designated routes in the country. The initiative was created to give respite to hard working Nigerians and reduce their burdens so that they can fully enjoy the festive season in consideration of the enormous rise of the cost of transportation since the removal of fuel subsidy during the year.

The programme covers 15 bus routes across the North, South, East, West, North-east, South-west, South-south, North-west and South-east zones from December 21 2023 to January 4, 2024. During this period, every Nigerian traveler gets to travel at only 50% of the full fare as the federal government has paid off the other 50%. 

And, as the initiative was created specifically for the masses, travelling by train services comes at complete 100% discount, while air travel is exempt. This is a demonstration of President Tinubu’s concern and commitment to the welfare of the Nigerian masses who rely on road transportation to reunite with their loved ones in this festive period.

The chairman of the Presidential Inter-Ministerial Committee and Minister of Solid Mineral Resources Mr. Dele Alake informed that all preparations and plans for the programme to benefit five million Nigerians across 14 days have been finalised.

The Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON), the owners and operators of Long-Distance Mass Transit Inter-State Bus Services, have commenced full implementation of the programme, and called on all Nigerians to take advantage of the president’s thoughtful gesture. 

“The companies involved in the implementation of the programme include The Young Shall Grow Nig Ltd, Chisco Transport Ltd, Izuchukwu Transport Nig. Ltd, ABC Transport Plc, God Bless Ezewanta Nig. Ltd, SD Express Ltd, Welfare Transport Nig. Ltd, Ifesinachi Transport Nig. Ltd, E Ekeson Nig. Ltd., Ifeanyi Chukwu Industries & Commercial Ltd, Bonnyway Motor Ltd., Delta Express Ltd, and God Is Good Motors Ltd”. 

The association described the programme as “the dawn of RENEWED HOPE” as it signifies government’s love and commitment for both the industry and its numerous passengers all over the country.

President of the association Mr.Nonso Ubajaka while thanking President Tinubu for the initiative, also called on intending travelers to ensure they take advantage of the gesture in order to enjoy the succour it provides during this period, and to ensure they get to the park by 5.00am on the day of travel as tickets are booked on a first come first serve basis.

As we enter Day 4 of President Tinubu’s 14 Days Transport Palliative Intervention, more travelers are set to benefit from this first of its kind programme in the coming days.

Hawwah Gambo,

Abuja