The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) resumed the weekly Lagos-Kano passenger train services yesterday 7th of February 2020. After five months of Lagos-Kano train service suspension to rehabilitate the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail lines.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian Railway Corporation recently resumes long distance train services. Which departed for Kano from Lagos at exactly 12:23pm on Friday. The train is scheduled to spend between 2 to 3 days on each trip. Thus, the train will be scheduled to leave Kano on Monday and arrive Lagos on Wednesday for another trip on Friday, and the schedule cycle continues.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Lagos State District Manager, Mr. Jerry Oche, told NAN after the train departure at Iddo-Oyingbo Lagos Terminus on Friday, that no fewer than 200 commuters boarded the train to Kano with eight coaches comprising two air-conditioned coaches and other six standard coaches.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Lagos State District Manager expressed satisfaction over the peaceful turnout of passengers for the first Lagos-Kano train service after five months of service suspension, despite having been suspended even before the total shutdown of all train operations across the states on September 30, 2019.
Mr Jerry Oche added that “The Lagos-Kano train will pass through various stations like Abeokuta, Ibadan, Ede, Osogbo, Offa, Ilorin, Jebba, Mokwa, Minna, Kaduna, Zaria and other prominent stations. We are assuring our teeming passengers that we are going to sustain this. We have done all we need to do to ensure that this service do not stop again,”
One of the passengers on Friday, Miss Taibat Ogundele, an Offa-Kwara bound passenger, gave her honest review about the Nigerian Railway Corporation resumption. She was very happy with the resumption, saying that traveling by train from Lagos to Offa was not only cheaper but has lesser risk of accident has compared to the road transport accidents.
NAN reports that the ticket fees for Kano is N4,550, N6,950 and N2,950 for First Class, Sleepers and Economy Coaches respectively, while ticket for Minna is N3,050, N4,650 and N 1,950 for First Class, Sleepers and Economy coaches respectively.
Ticket for Zaria passengers is N4,000, N6,100 and N2,600 for First Class, Sleepers and Economy Coaches respectively, while ticket for Kaduna is N3,700, N5,600 and N 2,400 for First Class, Sleepers and Economy coaches respectively.
Ticket for Offa passengers is N1,450, N2,200 and N950 for First Class, Sleepers and Economy Coaches respectively while ticket for Ilorin is N1,650, N2,450 and N1,100 for First Class, Sleepers and Economy coaches respectively.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Lagos State District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche also added that; there will be a higher level of operations on the Lagos-Ibadan train services very soon. And that the NRC board are confident that they can sustain all we have started as we resumed service after several months of suspension.
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