The Abuja -Kaduna rail service would resume on July 29 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
The minister disclosed this while test running the new coaches recently deployed on the route Saturday.
The Federal Government had in March ordered the shutdown of the train services in a bid to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
According to the minister, there was pressure from several quarters for the resumption of railway services before Sallah.
He said: “We will resume the Abuja-Kaduna train service on Wednesday, July 29.”
Amaechi added that President Muhammadu Buhari had agreed that the fare be reviewed to accommodate well-meaning Nigerians.
The Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, said the corporation was ready for the resumption of train services on Wednesday.