The Abuja to Kaduna rail line now generates one million Naira daily, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation disclosed Tuesday in Benin.
Amaechi attributed the passenger surge to the security challenges faced by commuters along the route.
“We are spending N56 million per month, but get only N16 million as a return. Now there is an improvement; we now make N30 million, approximately, N1 million Naira daily.
“The improvement started last month because of increase in passengers because of the kidnapping on the road,” he disclosed.
The minister said that government was using the previously generated revenues on the maintenance of the coaches and other logistics, as it would make effort to address the issue of touting at the Idu rail station with the expected arrival of 10 more coaches by October.
He, however, disclosed that the arrival of the new coaches would require more resources for maintenance in order to meet customers’ expectations.
It was recalled that the Abuja-Kaduna rail line commenced commercial operation in July 2016.