Fare reduction: FG lists transport coys, routes to ply

By Ogechi Okorie

The Federal Government has made good its transportation waiver promise to Nigerians this festive season and has listed participating companies and routes for the scheme.

Solid Minerals Minister Dele Alake in a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday said the presidential intervention of 50 percent slash transport is a demonstration of President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to the welfare of Nigeriana and easing their movement this Yuletide.

Hours after the move, the presidential aide Bayo Onanuga listed the transportation companies for the scheme and the routes.

According to him, GIG ( God is Good), Chisco Transport, Young Shall Grow, God Bless Ezenwata, and Area Motor.

Onanuga listed the routes as:

Lagos – Kanο
Lagos – Abuja
Lagos – Jos
Lagos – Enugu
Lagos – Onitsha
Lagos – Owerri
Lagos – Aba
Lagos – Abakaliki
Lagos – Nsuka
Lagos – Uyo

Onisha- Zakibiam
Aba-Owerri- Abj
Abuja-Onitsha- Owerri – Port Harcourt

Participating companies in the FG’s plan to reduce the transport burden of travelling 5 million Nigerians:

1.GIG ( God is Good)

  1. Chisco Transport
  2. Young Shall Grow
  3. God Bless Ezenwata
  4. Area Motor

The available routes:

— Bayo Onanuga (@aonanuga1956) December 20, 2023

The government’s latest move also affects train transportation which will enjoy a 100 percent waiver and will run from Thursday, December 21 to January 4, 2024.

“What this means is that from tomorrow (Thursday), Nigerians willing to travel can board public transport via luxury buses at a 50% discount of 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,” Alake said.

With the cost of transportation more than doubled owing to the removal of fuel subsidy earlier in the year, the government’s intervention programme is expected to be a huge relief for most Nigerians who rely on road transportation for movement.

In the wake of the subsidy removal, the government made proposals including the introduction of gas-powered buses for public transport as a way to bring down transport costs, one of the main complaints for Nigerians.

As part of its package, the government also offered a 35,000 naira ($45) a month pay increase for six months for federal employees, a temporary suspension of VAT on diesel and social security cash transfers to the poorest Nigerians.

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