By Chibuike Nwabuko
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) in Abuja on Friday.
The theme for the 2nd Annual Summit is “Building Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in Nigeria :Opportunities, Innovations and Technologies”.
Amaechi said: “I have received the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Lagos /Ibadan rail project by Jan. 2021 which will makes Nigerians see the way the standard gauge railway looked like.
“We charge N3,000 per Economy seat, N5,000 for Business class and N6,000 for First class, the same is applicable to Lagos to Ibadan.
“It should have started running by now before Mr President inaugurate it by January.”
Amaechi promised that the ministry would collaborate with CIOTA to enable them achieved their objectives.
The minister said CIOTA role was critical to the growth of transportation in Nigeria adding that the country had advanced a lot in the area of transportation.
The primary aim and objectives of the Institute is to advance the study, training and practice of transport management and administration in Nigeria regardless of specialization within the industry; and to set standards of practice and determines the knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members of the Institute and practice as a Chartered Transportants.