Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has assured
that the Federal government under President Buhari will ensure the
sustenance of the Abuja-Kaduna rail project upon completion.
Briefing news men after a brief inspection and test ride of the
rail project on Wednesday in Abuja, Amaechi said the project will
be completed and should be ready for use in July.
â€œIs it sustainable? The answer is yes because
itâ€™s on its own. If you say whether it will be
subsidized, it will be. We are working out the details of how much
it will cost to carry passengers and to maintain it,â€
â€œWe are looking at bringing Mr. President to
commission in July. In two weeks time,
they will do the test run of the track without passengers, after
that two weeks, it will take another two weeks to do test run with
passengers and it will be free of charge and that will take us to
the end of June. Â This means by first week in July, we
believe that the President will come and flag it off for commercial
â€œAt the beginning we had done the test run
but then it wasnâ€™t completed. Today it has been
completed. So today is the first test run that we are doing on the
completed standard gauge. The signaling, communication, stations
are all completed now so you can actually technically say today is
the first day of test running the completed project,â€
Amaechi also said, his ministry would partner with the Nigeria
Identity Management Authourity to ensure smooth registration of
passengers without hitches.
PIC: Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi
AmaechiÂ (middle), with theÂ Managing Director,
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC) Jack
Li (left) and the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway
Corporation, Mr. Fidel Okhiria (right) during the test run of the
newly built Rail line from Abuja (Idu) to Kaduna, Wednesday.