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Abuja-Kaduna railway services to resume July 29

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi (third left); Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria(right); Chairman of NRC Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Alhassan  and Director of Rail Transportation, Mr Mohammed Babakobi, during inspection and test-run of new coaches for train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor expected to resume on July 29, in Abuja …yesterday<br />. Photo: NAN
 As Buhari Approves N3000, N6000 Transport Fare
Four months after the suspension of commercial operations on Abuja-Kaduna railway corridor, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, said train services on the route would resume on July 29.
He also said due to social distancing that needed to be maintained in coaches, President Buhari has approved N3000, as passenger fare for Economy coaches, N5000 for Business class, and N6000 for the VIP section 
The Minister, who spoke during the inspection and test-running of the 10 new coaches and two locomotives,  said the new coaches would help to run hourly services on the route. 
Confirming that there was pressure to resume operations before Ei-el –Kabir celebrations, Amaechi said the corporation was increasing operations from initial eight services to 14 operations daily. 
On the commercial activities on Itakpe to Warri, he said the axis would be more lucrative than Abuja-Kaduna, saying: “By the time Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas project starts, pipes would be conveyed from Warri seaport to Itakpe…”
Amaechi said the Lagos-Ibadan rail project was moving at a slow pace, due to COVID-19 while for Ibadan-Kano project, they were “still waiting for money.”
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