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Over 163,000 Nigerians Benefit from Transport Subsidy

A total of one hundred and sixty-three thousand, eight hundred and seventy-eight (163,878) Nigerians have benefited from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s End-of-Year Transport Subsidy in the first ten (10) days of the programme.

The Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of the End-of-Year Transport Subsidy Programme, Mr Dele Alake, who is also Nigeria’s Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development, made this known via X (formerly known as Twitter).

Giving a breakdown of the yuletide transport subsidy programme, Mr Alake disclosed that the Nigerian Railway Corporation conveyed seventy-one thousand (71,000) passengers while buses under the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON) carried seventy-seven thousand, one hundred and twenty-two (77,122) passengers.

Additionally, six hundred and fifty-two (652) bus trips from Oshodi Interchange in Lagos State carried 15,766 passengers.

This initiative, approved by President Tinubu on December 19, 2023, provided free transport on the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) routes and a 50 per cent subsidy on transport fares for passengers travelling on 30 bus routes operated by the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON).

“Our intention was to alleviate the financial burden faced by citizens, particularly during these challenging times due to the global pandemic and other economic factors.

I am proud to share that between December 21 and December 31, 2023, the NRC conveyed 71,000 passengers, while buses under ALBON carried 77,122 passengers. Additionally, 652 bus trips from Oshodi Interchange in Lagos carried 15,766 passengers.

These numbers demonstrate that a total of 163,878 passengers benefited from the Presidential Yuletide Transport Subsidy in the first 10 days of the programme.

The success of this initiative exemplifies President Tinubu’s care and concern for the Nigerian people, and we will continue to monitor compliance and provide intervention when necessary,” Mr Alake said.

The Chairman of the Committee further called for more cooperation from both passengers and bus companies for the return trips until Thursday, January 4, 2024, as the programme is still ongoing.

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