FG to ban road haulage after completing rail projects

Amaechi: Lagos-Ibadan rail’ll ready in June

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. PHOTO CREDIT: The Nation

 

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Federal Government will ban the road haulage of some categories of cargo upon completion of major rail projects across the country.

Speaking at an economic event Deloitte organised in Lagos on Saturday, Amaechi said it is important to transfer the movement of some goods to rail.

He said, “As soon as we finish these rail projects, there are some types of cargo that will not go on road, whether you like it or not.

Amaechi also said that the train fares for passengers would be subsidised.

“No matter what we charge, it will not be the same as what we charge you on goods. When the FG does rail projects, it is the job of the state governments to do roads to the different railway stations,” he said. 

He also said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation has agreed to construct some of the roads that would take passengers and cargo out of the train stations.

He said the government is working towards having the capacity to construct railways in 10 years time.