Ahead of the inauguration of the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge in January 2021, the authorities have announced fares for passengers ranging from N3,000 to N6,000.
The poor will pay N3,000 for their seats in the Economy Class, while N5,000 will be charged for passengers in the Business Class.
For the luxury in the First Class, passengers are to pay N6,000 per trip. Announcing the fares, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi 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.”
He spoke at the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) in Abuja on Friday.
But the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Managing Director, Engr. Fidet Okhiria had earlier announced that commercial train services will begin on Monday, December 7 on the Lagos-Ibadan speed train corridor.
The minister stressed that CIOTA’s role was critical to the growth of transportation in Nigeria, adding that the country had advanced a lot in the area of transportation.
“Without administration there is no transportation and without transportation there is no administration,” he said.
Persecondnews reports that the Institute is to advance the study, training and practice of transport management and administration in Nigeria regardless of specialization within the industry.
It is also to set standards of practice and determine the knowledge and skills for those who want to be registered members of the institute and be chartered.