The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amechi, has announced that commuters would pay transport fares ranging from N3,000 per trip to N6,000 on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail service when it kicks off next month.
Specifically, the minister hinted that passengers on Economy Class would pay N3,000 per trip, while passengers in the Business Class would pay N5,000 as fare compared with the First Class passengers who are to pay N6,000 per trip.
Amaechi, while announcing the approved fares at the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) in Abuja on Friday said: “I have received the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Lagos /Ibadan rail project by Jan. 2021 which will make Nigerians see the way the standard gauge railway looks 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”, the minister added.
The minister, who harped on the critical role of CIOTA in the nation’s transportation system, said that Nigeria had made some progress in the area of transportation in recent times.
The CIOTA by virtue of the provisions of its enabling Act is saddled with the professional responsibility of advancing the study, training and practice of transport management and administration in the country.
The Institute is also mandated to set standards of practice and determine the knowledge and skills for those who want to be its registered/chartered members.