President Muhammadu Buhari will within the first week of July flag-off the Abuja-Kaduna rail line for commercial operations.
Making this announcement in Abuja Wednesday after the first official test run of the rail line at the Idu Train Station, Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, said barring any further hitches the rail line will come into full commercial operations after the Presidential flag-off within the first week of July.
The Minister after embarking on a supervisory train ride from the Idu train station in Abuja to the Kubwa station stated categorically that all prospective passengers for the trains must have a valid national identity cards for security purposes.
“We want to know the identity of who is boarding the train.We are going to work with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to ensure strict compliance with the directive.”
He explained that the reason why the rail operations can not take off immediately is because they also had to take into consideration the religious obligations of the President, so that he can be invited to officially flag-off the operations.