More than 112,000 passengers have so far benefitted from the Federal Government 50 percent fare slash on road transport inter-state routes.

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This was disclosed by the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON) in a press statement in which they applauded the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government for introducing the unprecedented gesture of subsidising transport fares for Nigerians during the festive season.

It would be recalled that the special fare discount was announced by the Federal Government on Wednesday, December 20, but the ALBON members commenced the sale of the discounted tickets the following day, and will continue till January 4, 2024, according to their statement.

Signed by the National President, Nonso Ubajaja and the Honorary Secretary, Frank Nneji, the press statement assured that ALBON member-companies have been mobilised towards ensuring that more passengers take advantage of the Federal Government’s ticket rebate to travel to various destinations before the offer ends on January 4, 2024.

“We wish to assure intending travellers that the issuance of the rebate tickets continue on the designated routes nationwide till January 4, 2024. And in view of the fact that many of the people who travelled for Christmas and the New Year celebrations, are likely to start returning to base soon, we have again mobilised our members for the return journeys,” the ALBON statement said.

For the return leg of the seasonal travels, the association disclosed that it is mobising some state-owned transit companies to join in the project.

These include Gombe State Mass Transit and Bornu State Mass Transit, amongst others.

At some of the bus terminals and motor parks in Lagos where passengers have been benefitting from the 50 percent discount, passengers expressed their appreciation to the President and his administration for what they described as a timely palliative.

In terminals such as ABC Transport PLC, Okeyson Motors, Izuchukwu Motors; E.Ekesons, Sunquick, Gobison Transport (at Alafia) and Vienna View Ltd, etc, departing passengers thanked the government for alleviating the pain of high fares at the time of economic hardship.

The east-bound passengers showed tickets that indicated they paid between N18, 000 and N18,200, which was 50 percent of the prevailing fare of about N36,000.

One of the passengers, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Okonkwo, who said the rebate provided a huge relief to her family, disclosed that she had given up hope of travelling with two of her children until she was able get the discounted tickets at N18,000 each.

Among the routes approved by government for the fare slash are Lagos to major cities in the north, and south-east, and south-south, including, Kano, Abuja, Kaduna, Zaria, Jos, Onitsha, Owerri, Enugu, Nsukka, Abakailiki, Aba, Uyo and Port Harcourt, among others.

Also listed are Onitsha to Lagos, and various destinations in the north, including, Kano, Abuja,Sokoto, Jos, and Gombe, as well as Aba-Owerri-Abuja; and Aba-Lagos.

Also, on Friday, the Presidency named additional motor parks in the country where discount can be obtained.