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FG will stop train services if Covid-19 is detected among passengers – Amaechi

NEWSMAN – Federal Government says it will shut down the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna train services should there be any case of Covid-19 detected among passengers.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this on Monday while featuring on NTA Good Morning Nigeria programme.

He said train users must comply with all Covid-19 protocols from the beginning of every trip to the end.

“If we see that we are conveying passengers who have Covid-19 from Lagos to Ibadan and Ibadan to Lagos, we will stop it just like we are threatened to stop the one from Kaduna to Abuja if people don’t comply with the COVID-19 protocols, the minister said.

“Don’t forget that on Kaduna-Abuja, we convey 4,000 passengers in a day. Imagine that about 20 per cent have Covid-19, they can transmit Covid-19 to the entire passengers. The rate of transmission will be high. The same is applicable to Lagos. Everybody must comply with the Covid-19 protocols, wear your masks till the end of the journey.”

“The $1.6bn Lagos-Ibadan railway project which would be completed this month would be inaugurated virtually by the President, Muhammadu Buhari”, he added, PUNCH reported.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation had in December 2020 commenced operations for the Lagos-Ibadan railway, a standard gauge rail covering a distance of 156km.

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