Tinubu Approves Free Rides on Abuja Metro Until December

President Bola Tinubu has announced that passengers can enjoy free rides on the newly commissioned Abuja Rail Transport System until December 31. 

The move was aimed at easing transportation challenges and fostering goodwill among residents.

The announcement came on Wednesday during the inauguration of the metro rail project in Abuja, a key event marking President Tinubu’s one year in office.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by several high-profile officials, including FCT Minister Nysom Wike.

 Initially, Minister Wike announced that the Abuja light rail would offer free rides for two months starting from Tuesday. 

However, in a spirited appeal, President Tinubu urged the minister to extend this period until the end of the year, highlighting the importance of providing the public with hope and reasons to celebrate during these challenging times.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year. 

Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” President Tinubu stated.

This extension is expected to benefit thousands of commuters in Abuja, easing the burden of transportation costs and encouraging greater use of public transit. 

The Abuja Metro, designed to provide efficient and reliable transportation, is seen as a pivotal development in the city’s infrastructure.

The free ride initiative is not just a gesture of goodwill but also a strategic move to promote the new rail system, encouraging residents to shift from road to rail transport.

 This could significantly reduce traffic congestion and contribute to environmental sustainability by lowering carbon emissions.

Residents have welcomed the announcement, expressing relief and optimism. 

Many see it as a sign of the government’s commitment to improving urban mobility and enhancing the quality of life in the capital city.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that as the Abuja Rail Transport System begins its operation, the free rides will likely attract a substantial number of daily commuters, helping to embed the metro system into the fabric of the city’s daily life. 

The extended period of free rides is expected to give ample time for residents to adapt to the new transport system and appreciate its benefits.

The move aligns with President Tinubu’s broader agenda of infrastructural development and public welfare, marking a milestone in his administration’s efforts to build a more connected and accessible capital city.

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