The Federal Government has approved passengers’ charges on the new Lagos Ibadan rail standard guage which would begins operations by January.

Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi (L) and the President of Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) Dr. Bashir Jamoh during the second National Transport Summit organized by CIoTA in Abuja.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) in Abuja on Friday.

The theme for the 2nd Annual Summit is “Building Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria :Opportunities, Innovations and Technologies”.

Amaechi said: “I have received the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Lagos /Ibadan rail project by Jan. 2021 which will makes 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 inaugurate it by January.”

The minister said there had been tremendous changes in most of the air terminals saying that the Minister of Aviation would inform the public of the completion of Lagos/Kano terminal.

Amaechi promised that the ministry would collaborate with CIOTA to enable them achieved their objectives.

He added that transportation was more than administration but without administration there would be no transportation.

The minister 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.

To ensure professionalism, Jamoh said CIoTA was working hard to empower members with the required skills, knowledge and expertise to man the country’s transportation infrastructure. The Institute is also working with universities and other tertiary institutions to try to build professionalism in the transport sector from the undergraduate level, he said, adding that committees have been set up to follow up on policy recommendations from CIoTA to ensure their implementation.

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