The Abuja-Kaduna rail is finally live.
On June 2, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, declared it open for test-run, although it was initially planned for May 29.
The project was first proposed by Olusegun Obasanjo, started by Goodluck Jonathan, and completed by Muhammadu Buhari.
While the railway will officially be launched on July 2 by President Muhammadu Buhari, the station is already open for use , and we know the official launching is just going to be mostly cutting of ribbons and long speeches.
According to Amaechi, the rates will be subsidised so they can stay available to everyone. The journey will cost N900 for business class and N600 standard class trains to run at 150kmph.
The rail project was party funded by China and gulped about $847m. It was constructed by the China Civil Engineering Company.
We have a few questions (We always do.)
First, are there real plans to ensure that these trains are well maintained?
Also, is the government making contingency plans for accidents?
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