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Amaechi Minister enjoys train ride as engineers complete Abuja-Kaduna rail route

“Today is the first test-run we are doing on a completed standard gauge, normally. The signal, communications, rolling stocks and the stations are all done,” Amaechi gushed.

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and other dignitaries enjoy a train ride on the Abuja-Kaduna rail route

(Daily Trust)

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi joined the Director of Rail Transportation, Mohammed Babakobi as the Ministry flagged-off a test run of the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail ahead of its official commissioning.

According to a report by Daily Trust, the Minister, who enjoyed the ride from the Idu main station to Kubwa yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari will be commissioning the project in July 2016.

Today is the first test-run we are doing on a completed standard gauge, normally. The signal, communications, rolling stocks and the stations are all done,” Amaechi gushed.

ALSO READ: Minister says Abuja-Kaduna rail route will be launched in May

Continuing, he said, “I’m impressed with what we have archived and we are good to go. We are looking at the first week in July for commissioning by the president. For two weeks, we will test-run without passengers. After two weeks, we will test-run with passengers free of charge. That will take us till the end of June and by the first week of July, we believe the president should flag it off for commercial activities. After the flag-off, everyone pays. I have asked the managing director of the NRC to begin to prospect for passengers.” he said.

It was further reported that the initial four caches to be used will carry about 600 passengers daily from Abuja to Kaduna and back.

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