FG postpones resumption date for Abuja-Kaduna rail services

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, extended the resumption date for Abuja-Kaduna rail services.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna while on an inspection tour to access the state of readiness before commencement of the rail operations.

Sambo did not give a specific date for the resumption but noted that it would not be more than a week

According to the minister, the FG had introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said was the beginning of security checks. He noted that it would enable them to ascertain who would board the train at every point in time.

He added that before minors could have access to board the train, they would require an adult to register for them, adding that only four minors could be registered by an adult.

“If you are a minor, an adult will pay for you or register you and an adult can register not more than four minors.”

He further stated that the extension was to inform Nigerians and give them time to enable them get used to the new system.

He said, “We want to give sufficient time for the Nigerian public to listen to this and assimilate this new system so if we start tomorrow, a lot of people will be disgruntled. Definitely, we will resume between three, four, five days, certainly not more than a week.”

He further noted that he was satisfied with the level of preparedness even though there were still some areas that needed to be addressed.

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