SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 07 – The Lagos-Ibadan standard railway commenced commercial operations on Monday, December 07, 2020, according to the Presidency. The presidency also revealed that the newly completed rail line will be officially commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in the first quarter of 2021.
“Flag-off of Commercial Operations today, December 7, 2020. The inaugural commercial service departed Ibadan, Oyo State, this morning. President Buhari will formally Commission the line in Q1 2021.
“A promise delivered. On March 7, 2017, Vice President @ProfOsinbajo broke ground on the standard gauge #LagosIbadanRail line, on behalf of President @MBuhari. Today, December 7, 2020, the Line commenced commercial operations, ahead of formal commissioning in Q1 2021,” the presidency said on Monday, via a series of tweets.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had earlier revealed that travellers on the Lagos-Ibadan railway line will pay at least N3,000 for the economy class. Amaechi also said earlier, that over 20,000 Nigerians are engaged in the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail.
This, he said, is in compliance with the local content law inherent in the $1.6 billion contract agreement between Nigeria and China.