Buhari Commissions Lagos-Ibadan Rail System Next Month - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, December 7, 2020

Buhari Commissions Lagos-Ibadan Rail System Next Month

Arrangement is being concluded for President Muhammadu Buhari  to commission the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan rail line by January 2021. 

The Minister of Transportation, Right. Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi  revealed this in Abuja last week, during the inauguration of the recently elected members of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA). 

 “I just got the mandate from President Buhari that he would commission the Lagos-Ibadan railway in January 2021. However, they should have been operating even before that time.", Amaechi disclosed.

Buhari according to Amaechi, is a committed reformer determined to change the face of transportation in the country.

The minister who said the rail project which passes through Laderin in Abeokuta had been delivered, assured that the facilities  would be put to use, ahead of  the official commissioning of the project by the president..

 Amaechi  also disclosed that he had approved the fares for the route.

“I also have approved the cost of transportation by rail from Lagos to Ibadan. We just transferred the cost, as that of Kaduna, which we think is quite fair.”

Amaechi expressed determination and committment of   the Buhari administration  to reviving and improving the entire transport infrastructure in the country while noting the already several visible changes, especially in the aviation and maritime subsectors of the transportation industry.

For instance, he says the ongoing terminals at both airports in Lagos and Kano would soon be completed in addition to the already completed ones in Port-Harcourt and Abuja International Airports.
 “In the transport sector under this government, a lot is going on, like working to complete the terminals under aviation. I am sure you would have seen changes at the Port Harcourt airport and Abuja. I am sure the Minister of Aviation will tell us very soon when the airport in Kano and the one in Lagos would be completed.”,he stated

The minister commending the activities of CIoTA under the leadership of Dr. Bashir Jamoh, promised that the Federal Ministry of Transportation would partner with the Institute to encourage professionalism in the transport sector as well as ensure seamless and effective transportation across all modes.

President of CIoTA , Dr. Bashir Jamoh, while welcoming the minister, described as excellence the several changes in the transport Sector which according to him, is  moving into a new era of professionalism .

 Jamoh, who is also Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), lauded the effort of the Federal Government to upgrade the transport infrastructure. 

He added that CIoTA was promoting professionalism and training to aid the government with the right manpower to man the transport infrastructure.

 “Nigeria has made significant investment in transportation. The journey for the Institute has begun. We are building on broad policies anchored on a tripod of professionalism; education, research and development; and advocacy.”The CIoTA President stated:

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