Nigeria Announces 4 Months Free Ride On New Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line
London, Nov. 30,2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigerians will from today enjoy free ride on the newly constructed $1.5bn new Lagos-Ibadan railway service.
It said the free rides would last for four months and urged commuters to use the train service during the festive season.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who announced this via his official Twitter handle, noted that the standard gauge rail line was ready for use.
Our free rides on the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail line will begin today and run through March, 2020. Commuters on that route can take advantage of it and save on transportation during the festive season & beyond. Let’s ride to the #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/zJ0FkMPt72— Chibuike.R. Amaechi (@ChibuikeAmaechi) November 29, 2019
According to him, the free train ride would commence on Saturday (today), November 30, 2019, till the end of the first quarter of 2020.
The minister explained that the take-off point is the Iju train station in Lagos, while the free rides would help reduce the transportation cost incurred by commuters on the Lagos-Ibadan route.
Amaechi said, “Our free rides on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line will begin today (Saturday) and run through March 2020.
“Commuters on that route can take advantage of it and save transportation during the festive period and beyond. Let’s ride on the #NextLevel. Take-off point is Iju.”
The minister’s tweet was greeted with several reactions, as some of his followers lauded the move, while others criticised the development.
Femi Otunba tweeted, “The lion of the Niger Delta, the Knight and the crusader of next level, thank you very much for not disappointing Nigeria and the peoples President, PMB.”