Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Transport, has disclosed why the Abuja-Kaduna railway was delayed until now, stating that the administration wanted to test-run the service properly before opening it to the public.
Amaechi Thursday inspected the Abuja-Kaduna railway, in company of some dignitaries, including John Odigie-Oyegun, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Amaechi concluded by saying the project was ready for inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari, come July 26, 2016.
The minister stated this at the Idu station in Abuja, noting that the “test run exercise has been on for over a month.”
“We said it was going to run for two weeks but we allowed it for six weeks so that everybody can use it.
“We are targeting that from Tuesday, after the President must have flagged off the Abuja-Kaduna rail, we will then begin to charge passengers,” he said.
The train service was initially free. It is expected to run on a subsidised rate, with the economy class pegged at N500 and first class, N900.
“One of the reasons why we did not commission earlier is because we wanted the train to run for at least a month and check if there will be any problem but we have done that for over a month and there was no problem.”