Board Chairman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr. Ibraheem AIhassan, who was newly appointed into office, has said that the recently completed Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail will be affordable to members of the public when inaugurated.
Speaking on Sunday May 12, 2019, Alhassan asked Nigerians not to panic over the charges as it would be made affordable to all classes of people in the society.
‘’In many cases, travelling by rail is cheaper than travelling by road, so, masses have nothing to fear about the charges.
‘’All what the masses will have to pay is fare, and the fare will be fair to everyone, both high and low class,’’ he stated.
Together, we wait to see whether this promise can be realized or not
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The Chairman also revealed that operations at the Abuja-Kaduna rail have been efficient. According to him, tickets are made available to passengers ahead of scheduled times to ensure smooth operations, and the masses have embraced it.
Alhassan said that the corporation had hopes of making more coaches available so as to cater to more passengers, with no one having to wait for long or getting stranded due to limited coaches.
‘’We pray and we hope that we receive enough funding to carry out our activities, as we plan to increase the coaches so that we will be able to move more passengers,’’ he stated. Speaking further, he said that more people were now interested in using railway transportation, hence, increasing the number of coaches was necessary to provide better services.
In a report by NAN earlier, the NRC had said that commercial operations for passenger and freight services at the Warri-Itakpe route would also be affordable. This was made known by Mr. First Okhiria, the NRC Managing Director during inspection last month April 15.
“It is more comfortable and convenient than going by road, and we have made it in such a way that residents can afford, access it and be able to use the services as dividends of democracy,” Mr. Okhiria said.