NRC raises fares for Kaduna-Abuja rail service

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Roadside vendors sell drinks to passengers onboard Lagos-Kano route train at Minna Station in Niger State on February 8, 2013. The rejuvenated Nigerian Railway Corporation has resumed passenger and haulage services on the Lagos-Kano route following the refurbishing of engines and coaches over 20 years the corporation had gone bankrupt. Earlier last year, the corporation had acquired 20 pressurised tank wagons in preparation for the haulage of petroleum products from Lagos to northern parts of the country. The 20 wagons have the capacity to lift 900,000 litres of petroleum products, the equivalent of 27 road tankers. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Nigeria Railway Corporation has announced new fares on its Kaduna-Abuja route with effect from this Monday.

The 25 per cent hike, which came into effect from Feb. 6, had taken most passengers by surprise.

The NRC were seeing handing over the list containing the new fares to passengers at the Rigasa station in Kaduna on Monday morning.

The list, on the corporation’s letter-headed paper, which was unsigned, contained details of amounts for tickets from the Rigasa station in Kaduna to Idu station in Abuja, including other sub stations along the route.

Passengers will now pay N1, 050 as against N600 for a standard ticket, and N1,500 instead of the N900 being paid for an executive seat from Rigasa to Idu.

The document, written in English, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa, indicated that the increase was “slight” and was to enable the corporation enhance services for the comfort of passengers.

A passenger at the Rigasa station, Mukhtar Bello described the hike in fares as a “surprise”, and expressed the hope that the trend would not continue.

He said, “Passengers are heavily patronising this service because it is cheap and affordable. With this increase, there is no much difference with what one pays to board taxis and buses to Abuja, I hope this would not draw away passengers from here.”

Mrs Grace Adegbite, the NRC spokesperson Northern District, declined comment on the increase, saying she had just resumed from leave.

The Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge line came into operation on July 26, 2016.

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