Nigerians will pay between N3,000 to N6,000 as fare when the Lagos to Ibadan rail standard gauge begins operation by January 2021. This was made known by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. He made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, CIOTA, in Abuja on Friday.
In a statement, Mr Amaechi said. “I have received the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Lagos to Ibadan rail project by January 2021. This will make Nigerians see the way the standard gauge railway looked like. In addition, he said, “Today I approved the charges on passengers from Lagos to Ibadan; we just transferred how we charged from Abuja to Kaduna.
He further added. “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. The minister said that the ministry would collaborate with CIOTA to enable them to achieve their objectives.
Meanwhile, CIOTA, says the institute has begun the process of making transportation a professional sector in the country.
Bashir Jamoh, the National President and Chairman of Council made this known during the 2nd National Transport Summit. This annual general meeting and Governing Council inauguration took place in Abuja. Mr Jamoh said the move was to ensure that the sector achieved the global best standards and practices. He said that the institute would draw up a curriculum to keep the professionals abreast in the professionalism of the transport sector. Mr Jamoh said that after getting approval from the Ministry of Education that challenges in the sector would be resolved.
He said that the Federal Government had invested in modern technology in the sector, adding that there was a need to professionally manage the transportation business.
In her closing remarks, the elected National Publicity Secretary of CIOTA, Mrs Chizoba Anyika, said the new executive would work to professionalise the transport sector. Mrs Anyika said this would be achieved through
constant training and data management of the sector. This will also work towards empowering members.