The Federal Government has announced the commencement of Commercial Operations on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line handled by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The Presidency in a Tweet on Monday said the commercial operations commenced today and formal commissioning will be held in the first quarter of 2020.
“Today, December 7, 2020, the Line commenced commercial operations, ahead of formal commissioning in Q1 2021.”
Also, the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi via his official Twitter handle said the rail line has commenced operation “with only one trip return” for now.
“For now, according to the NRC, only one return trip daily, leaving Ibadan at 8:00 am for Lagos and leaving Lagos for Ibadan at 4:00 pm,” Ogunlesi said.
Ogunlesi in his tweet added that the “Speed and capacity will increase with time,” because, “there’s still some construction work ongoing.”
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, last week, while speaking in Abuja at the inauguration of elected members of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan rail line by January 2021.
It would be recalled that on March 7, 2017, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo broke ground on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge line, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.