Nationwide Train Services Shut Down Imminent As COVID-19 Spreads

Moses Ofodeme

The Federal Government may likely in the coming weeks shut down the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna train services in the case of any reported case of COVID-19 among passengers.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who was featured on NTA Good Morning Nigeria programme on Monday said that with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, it has become imperative for all train passengers to comply with the COVID-19 protocols.

“If we see that we are conveying passengers who have COVID-19 from Lagos to Ibadan and Ibadan to Lagos, we will stop it just like we are threatened to stop the one from Kaduna to Abuja if people don’t comply with the Covid protocols.

“Don’t forget that on Kaduna-Abuja, we convey 4,000 passengers in a day. Imagine that about 20 per cent have COVID, they can transmit COVID to the entire passengers.

“The rate of transmission will be high. The same is applicable to Lagos. Everybody must comply with the COVID protocols, wear your masks till the end of the journey.”

The Minister also disclosed that the $1.6bnn Lagos-Ibadan railway, will be inaugurated by the President later this month.

Experimental operations were conducted on the double-track project which covers 156 km with passengers on board in December 2020.

The $1.6bn project was financed by China with Nigeria government providing counterpart funding.

The Nigeria Railway Corporation had said that the train upon resumption of operation, is expected to depart Ibadan for Lagos at 8am daily with a return trip scheduled at 4pm

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