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Election shift: Airlines slash fare to urged voters

Nigerian air carriers, Aero Contractors and Arik Air, have announced a slash in their fares to encourage Nigerians who might have to travel to cast their votes in the coming elections.

The airlines made the announcement in separate statements released on Monday in Lagos.

Chika Ubendu, the Spokesperson for Aero Contractors,  who confirmed the development for his outfit said there will be a 50% discount in flight fares from February 18 for travels between February 21 and February 25 on all her routes.

Similarly, Arik Air’s spokesperson, Adebanji Ola, said said his firm has slashed flight fares on all routes to N16,000.

He adds that citizens must present a valid voters card to participate in the Fly to Vote promotion, which is on 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,” he said.

“The Fly to Vote promotion is available for sale from February 18 till March 11 for travel between February 21 and February 26 as well as March 7 till March 12.
This follows a similar move by the Independent petroleum marketers association, IPMAN to reduce fuel price from N145 to N140.

Chinedu Okworonkwo, national president of the association, in a statement released on Sunday said the slash on petrol price will be effective between February 20 and February 25.

“IPMAN was prompted to slash N5 from the N145 per liter official Petroleum pump price in a bid to motivate Nigerians to return to vote again on February 23,” the statement read.

“We urge all our members across Nigeria to immediately reduce the fuel pump price from N145 per liter to N140 per liter,” it added.

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