Nigeria on Friday said it will begin operations on the Lagos-Ibadan rail standard gauge by January 2021, with an approved fare similar to the one charges on Abuja-Kaduna route, according to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi, who made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria in Abuja, said fare on the route would cost passengers between N3,000 to N6,000.
“I have received the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Lagos-Ibadan rail project by January 2021 which will make Nigerians see the way the standard gauge railway looked like.
“Today I approved the charges on passengers from Lagos to Ibadan, we just transfer how we charged from Abuja to Kaduna.
“We charge N3,000 per Economy seat, N5,000 for Business class, and N6,000 for First class, the same is applicable to Lagos to Ibadan.
“It should have started running by now before Mr. President inaugurates it by January.”
The minister said that the ministry would collaborate with CIOTA to enable them to achieve their objectives.
He said CIOTA role was critical to the growth of transportation in Nigeria, adding that the country had advanced a lot in the area of transportation.
President and Chairman of Council CIoTA, Bashir Jamoh said the institute has begun the process of making transportation a “professional sector” in the country.
Jamoh said the move was to ensure that the sector achieved the global best standards and practices.