Chris Steven, Abuja
Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation says the insecurity that pervades Abuja-Kaduna express road has led to increase in the revenue of Abuja-Kaduna train transportation.
The Abuja to Kaduna rail line, he says now generates N1million daily.
Speaking in Benin City, Edo State Capital on Tuesday, Amaechi said the feat was because of the increase in passengers that patronise the rail noting that the passengers’ surge was due 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) N1million per day. “He said
“The improvement started last month because of increase in passengers because of the kidnapping on the road”
He said that government was using the previous generated revenues on the maintenance of the coaches and other logistics adding that government would address the issue of touting at the Idu rail station with the expected arrival of 10 more coaches by October.
He, however, disclosed that the arrival of the new coaches would require more resources for maintenance in order to meet customers’ expectations. The Abuja-Kaduna rail line commenced commercial operation in July 2016.