Nigerian local Airlines slash fares by 50% to encourage voters
London, Feb. 19, 2029 (AltAfrica)-Two Nigerian local airlines, Aero Contractors and Arik Air, have introduced promo fares to help Nigerians who wish to travel to and vote during the 2019 general elections do so without much hardship
The airlines made the announcement in separate statements issued by their spokespersons on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigerians are set to go to the polls on February 23 to elect their President and National Assembly members after the election was rescheduled.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has also fixed March 9 for gubernatorial and state assembly polls.
Spokesperson for Aero Contractors, Chika Ubendu, said the airline embarked on the promo as its own contribution to support Nigeria conduct successful elections and also to encourage the citizens to travel to where they can cast their votes.
According to him, Aero has decided to cut its fares by about 50 per cent to support Nigerians to travel without spending so much.
He said this was an incentive to the citizens to carry out their civic responsibility during the elections.
Mr Ubendu said effective February 18, Aero would begin sale of tickets from N16,000 for travels between February 21 and February 25 on all her routes to encourage Nigerians to travel to their various destinations in order to cast their votes.
Similarly, Arik Air’s spokesperson, Mr Adebanji Ola, said the N16, 000 Fly to Vote promotion was to encourage Nigerians to travel to their respective wards to cast their votes during the elections.
“The N16, 000 promotional fare is the one-way ticket cost to any domestic destination on Arik Air’s network and customers must present a valid Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) at the point of purchase and at check in to be eligible to fly.
“The Fly to Vote promotion is available for sale from Feb. 18 till March 11 for travel between February 21 and February 26 as well as March 7 till March 12.
“We have put this promotional fare in place to ameliorate the effect of the postponement on the traveling public and encourage voter participation,” he added.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) toed similar line by directing its members operating filling stations across the country to sell petrol for N140 per litre from February 20 to February 25, against the official pump price of N145 per litre
A statement issued by IPMAN’s National President, Chinedu Okoronkwo, said the N5 reduction would motivate many Nigerians to travel to their respective destinations to cast their votes on, February 23.
Part of the complaints by Nigerians following the postponement of last Saturday’s election from February 16 to February 25, was that they incurred huge costs by travelling to various places to vote, and would have to travel again this Saturday.
“IPMAN was prompted to slash N5 from the N145 per litre official petrol pump price in a bid to motivate Nigerians to return to vote again on February 23. We urge all our members across Nigeria to immediately reduce the fuel pump price from N145 per litre to N140 per litre.
“This is because of the political situation that hit the country after INEC suddenly announced the postponement of presidential and National Assembly elections after Nigerians were fully prepared. We are all aware how Nigerians travelled to different parts of the country in order to exercise their civic duty; unfortunately, they heard sad news of postponement of the polls.
“This made us deem it fit to reduce the pump price in order to ease their suffering, and to also motivate them to travel again to exercise their franchise on February 23.”