Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, on Saturday announced that there would be free train ride on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge will begin on Monday. This was disclosed shortly after he flagged off the ride.
Amaechi took the train from Fagba, in Lagos, to Ologuneru, Moniya, which is 154 Kilometre,while in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, expressing satisfaction that the free train ride will begin.
The minister mentioned that the free train ride is a promise made to Nigerians for the yuletide, adding that an instruction has been issued to the contractor to meet with the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Team Consultants to iron out the modalities for the operation.
According to him, ‘’I am pleased to announce that the free train ride will begin on Monday at Iju, Lagos, and we would run one return trip to Ibadan.
This would be the pattern till December 19 and there would be a break on December 20 to allow for the routine inspection. From December 21, we expect to run the service twice a day, and by this time we expect that passengers can now board at Agege, and we would be able to take them to Kilometre 157 in Ibadan.”
The contractor is also committed to delivering minor stations along the corridor before the end of the year, the minister said.
Rotimi Ameachi equally added that he would begin the inspection at the Apapa end to keep abreast of the challenges that remains on the project, he expressed satisfaction at the pace of work.
Engr. Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, , said the corporation and the contractor will be meeting to iron out the modalities for the takeoff of the free train ride.