The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the Abuja to Kaduna rail line now generates one million Naira daily. Amaechi revealed this on Tuesday in Benin that the achievement was because of the increase in passengers that patronize the rail. The minister attributed the passenger’s surge to the security challenges faced by commuters along the route.
‘’We are spending N56 million per month, we are getting back only N16 million. Now there is an improvement; we now make N30 million, (that is) one million Naira per day,” he said. ‘’The improvement started last month because of increase in passengers because of the kidnapping on the road.’’
Amaechi said that government was using the previously generated revenues on the maintenance of the coaches and other logistics. He also said that government would address the issue of touting at the Idu-rail station with the expected arrival of 10 more coaches by October. He said that the arrival of the new coaches would require more resources for maintenance in order to meet customers’ expectations.