President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has endorsed the extension of the Christmas free train service till Sunday January 7. This will allow more Nigerians to return to their stations with no cost.
This was included in a statement signed by the minister of transportation, Senator Said Ahmed Alkali, on Thursday, January 4, 2024.
The federal government declared a free train service on all serviced routes and 50% rebate on road transportation from December 21, 2023 to January 4, on particular routes to mitigate the burden of expensive cost of public transportation during the Christmas and new year break.
“While over 163,000 Nigerians benefited from successful first leg of the yuletide initiative, President Tinubu, in further demonstration of his care for the welfare of Nigerians, directed that the free train service should be made available for extra 3 days to allow more Nigerians to take the advantage.
“The public is advised to note that this extension applies to all three routes currently being serviced by the Nigerian Railway Corporation as follows:
• Lagos – Ibadan
• Warri -Itakpe
• Abuja – Kaduna
“It is hoped that Nigerians who are interested in travelling by rail will take full advantage of this unique opportunity aimed at enhancing people’s welfare.”