The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the Federal Government has approved charges on the new Lagos-Ibadan rail standard gauge which would commence operations by January 2021.
The Minister made the disclosure during the recent inauguration of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria’s Governing Council in Abuja.
He said the cost of the train ticket would be between N3,000 to N6,000.
While making the disclosure, Amaechi said: “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 also said that the ministry would liaise with CIOTA in a bid to enable them achieve their objectives.
He said CIOTA’s role was important in the growth of transportation in Nigeria and added that Nigeria had advanced a lot as far as transportation is concerned.