President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 100 percent increase in fares on the Abuja-Kaduna train service from N1,500 to N3,000 for the economy class, N2?500 to N5,000 for the business class, and N6,000 for the VIP class coacbes.

Four months after commercial services on the train route was suspended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, operations on the ever busy corridor are set to resume on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of transportation, told journalists during a test run of the newly delivered Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) consisting of two locomotives and eight coaches, that the hike in fares was to ensure that physical distancing is maintained as well as cover the running cost of the operations.

According to the submission of the minister, “In a month, we get about N120million and if we run like this, we will realise about N60million. It then means that, we need another N60million to complement the running cost. What the president did to approve the new fare was to say, once you can get your running cost, it is okay.”