FG extends free train rides till Jan 7

Nigerian Railway Corporation Train

The Federal Government has extended the free train ride initiative till Sunday, January 7.

Managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Fidet Okhiria told NAN on Thursday that the decision, made in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, was to ease movement of Nigerians who travelled during the festive period.

Okhiria urged passengers to continue to book their tickets online to avoid crowds at the various terminals.

The NRC boss urged passengers to ensure they get their tickets from appropriate quarters at no cost, to enable them to gain access and enter the trains.

Okhiria commended the Federal Government on the extension, adding that the gesture would bring relief to travellers on transportation cost.

The NRC announced the commencement of the free train rides on December 21, 2023 for all its passenger services, following the directive of President Bola Tinubu.

The free service was initially to end on Thursday, before the extension till Sunday.

Chairman, of the Committee on Implementation of the Federal Government’s End of Year Transportation Subsidy Programme, Dele Alake, on Monday gave an overview of the initiative in its first 10 days

Alake, who is minister of solid mineral resources, said the NRC conveyed 71,000 passengers free of charge from December 21 to 31, 2023, under the programme.