From December 21, 2023, to January 4, 2024, President Tinubu has approved a 50% discount on road transportation throughout the nation. At the state house, this was revealed to reporters by Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Mineral Development. The action, he clarified, is a component of President Tinubu’s initiatives to make life easier for Nigerians, especially during the holiday season. The Inter-ministerial Committee on Presidential Intervention’s chairman, Alake, and three other members gave details. The Ministers of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Transportation Minister Saidu Alkali, and Special Advisor on Information and Strategy to President Bayo Onanuga were on the committee. He clarified that the majority of people who plan to travel and spend Christmas with their loved ones are the target audience for this initiative. Moreover, the authorized refund is valid from Thursday, December 21, until January 4, 2024.

What he said

He said,

  • “In the spirit of Christmas and demonstration of his love for Nigerians as proof, he feels the federal government should intervene to bring down the costs of public transportation to allow persons who want to travel to visit their loved ones.” 
  • “It is in this way that the Federal Government is announcing, beginning tomorrow, a special discounted holiday season fare on road transport and zero-fare by rail across Nigeria. 
  • “What this means is that from tomorrow, Nigerians willing to travel can board public transport via minibusses, luxury buses at a 50% discount of the current cost, and all our train services on the routes the trains currently serve at zero cost to and fro on their travels this holiday season.” 
  • “This special presidential intervention will commence tomorrow, Thursday, December 21. It will end on January 4, 2024. 
  • “The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, will be working with transporters, road transport unions, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation to seamlessly deliver on this special presidential initiative. 
  • “From tomorrow, Nigerians wishing to embark on inter-state travel to any part of the country from Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Ibadan, Akure, Maiduguri, Sokoto, and other major inter-state transportation hubs will be able to do so at half the cost.”