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Lagos-Ibadan commercial train service begins today- NRC

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, Lagos State Governor, at the Commissioning of Mobolaji Johnson Train Station, Alagomeji, Ebute-Meta, Lagos. 10th June 2021

The Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail, which is the first double-track train service on the West Coast of Africa, commences commercial operation this morning, Tuesday, 15th June 2021, from the Mobolaji Johnson train station at Alagomeji, Ebute Metta, Lagos.

The media statement from the Lagos District Manager, Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Engr Jerry Oche, which announced today’s takeoff said that, by 8:00 a.m prompt, the train leaves the Alagomeji Station Lagos, for Obafemi Awolowo Station at Moniya, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Oche said, simultaneously another Lagos bound train “will take off from Obafemi Awolowo Station, Moniya, Ibadan, for Lagos at 8:00 am prompt.

The statement affirmed that the schedule will run in such a manner from Tuesday to Friday while the evening leg of the schedule indicated that the train will take off from the Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji, Lagos for Ibadan at 4:00 pm while another train will takeoff from the Obafemi Awolowo Station, Moniya, Ibadan at 4:00 pm heading for Lagos.

For the weekend schedule, the Lagos District Manager’s statement said the standard gauge train on Saturday, will leave Moboloji Johnson Station, Lagos, at 8.30 a.m, for Ibadan.
The media release added that another train will leave the Obafemi Awolowo Station, Moniya, Ibadan at 8.30 a.m, heading for Lagos.

While for Saturday evening, it stated that from Lagos, the train leaves Mobolaji Johnson Station, Alagomeji at 6.00 p.m, for Ibadan. At Ibadan station, another train will takeoff from the Obafemi Awolowo Station, Moniya, at 6:00 p.m for its trip to Lagos.

Oche emphasized that the stop stations have not been expanded from Alagomeji, Abeokuta, and Moniya, as they are still the valid stop stations of the Lagos Ibadan Train Services.

Recall that President Mohammadu Buhari, on Thursday, 10th June 2021, formally commissioned the $1.5 billion, 157 kilometres Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge, double-track train, of which 24 coaches were acquired exclusively for that axis rail service.

By-: Ayoola Olaitan

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