Acting Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Ikhiria has confirmed 5 million income generated from the newly installed Abuja-Kaduna train service within the first two weeks of operation.
Ikhiria made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while travelling on the train from Abuja to Kaduna on Saturday alongside with the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Bayo Onanuga and the Editor-in-Chief, NAN, Mr Ado Lawal.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently inaugurated the 1.46 billion dollars Abuja-Kaduna train service on July 26, 2016.
Ikhiria who was overwhelmed about the progress of the train services said that he did not have record of the daily income of the service.
“In the first week of operation, we made N2.2 million; in the second week, we made N2.9 million.
“This is the third week of operation; the last week report showed that we had almost 5,000 passengers in six days, We have capacity for 320 passengers per trip; for now, the maximum we can carry per trip is 320. So, for a day, the maximum number of passengers we can have is 1000,” he said.
He also acknowledged that there were some operational lapses on the route, and said that the management was working toward addressing them.
He further emphasized on the security details saying that efforts were being made to beef up security at the stations and on board the train.
He said “By next week, our scanners will be in place; I am also discussing with Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to deploy more men.
“We have armed policemen on board and some security personnel without uniform.”
He added that efforts were also being made to install internet facilities in the train.