Good News As FG Extends Free Train Rides Till January 7

Good News As FG Extends Free Train Rides Till January 7

  • President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the extension of complimentary train rides for Nigerians for at least three more days
  • This announcement was made on Thursday, January 4, saying the extension would last until Sunday, January 7
  • The federal government initiated the complimentary train rides to relieve Nigerians of the Yuletide period's economic hardship journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

FCT, Abuja - The Federal Government has decided to prolong the complimentary train rides for passengers until Sunday, January 7, 2024.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation initially introduced the cost-free train service on Thursday, December 21, 2023, following President Bola Tinubu's directive.

The free train ride was first introduced during preparation for the yuletide.
The federal government announced the extension of free rides. Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu/NRC
Source: Twitter

Initially set to conclude on Thursday, January 4, 2024, this extension aims to continue providing relief to commuters amidst the challenging economic conditions.

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The government had previously announced a 50% reduction in interstate round transport fares and initiated free train rides to alleviate the financial burden on citizens, particularly during the festive season.

Tinubu approved 3 days extension

Over 163,000 Nigerians have benefited from the initial phase of the Yuletide initiative.

In a further display of concern for the citizens' well-being, President Tinubu has instructed extending the complimentary train service for an additional three days.

This extension applies to all three existing routes operated by the Nigerian Railway Corporation: Lagos – Ibadan, Warri - Itakpe, and Abuja – Kaduna.

The public is urged to take note of this development and capitalise on this unique opportunity designed to improve the welfare of the people who wish to travel by rail.

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In another report, the president's office has made major appointments in the federal marine and blue economy ministry.

On Thursday, January 4, the presidency confirmed that President Tinubu had approved the appointment of six directors in two agencies under the ministry.

These ministries include the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

TUC presents 10 new demands before Tinubu

Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said citizens are still waiting to experience the 'Renewed Hope' agenda of the Bola Tinubu administration.

The TUC asserted that workers' hopes had been dampened in the face of the current economic reality.

The TUC issued a 10-point demand from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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