Despite the Federal Government’s initiative to provide a 50% fare rebate from December 21 to January 4, 2024, passengers are expressing disappointment as the anticipated relief in transportation costs has not materialized. President Bola Tinubu introduced the discount as a measure to ease the financial burden on Nigerians during the festive season.
To execute this plan, the government collaborated with well-known transport companies such as God is Good Motors, Chisco Transport, The Young Shall Grow Motors, God Bless Ezenwata, and Area Motor. However, some passengers argue that the program, aimed at lowering transportation expenses, is impractical and has not effectively addressed the issue of high costs.
According to statements from passengers who spoke to The PUNCH, transport companies seem to be inflating prices despite the promised 50% rebate. Maduforo Okonkwo, en route to Aba, expressed disappointment, stating that the expected reduction was not reflected in their expenses. Another passenger, Emmanuel Edeh, revealed that the transport fare from Lagos to Abuja, even with the discount, had risen from N30,000 to N42,700, still leaving many passengers paying above N21,000.
The government’s effort to provide relief in transportation costs during the festive season has garnered mixed reactions. While some passengers appreciate the initiative, others believe it falls short in achieving its intended goal.