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Low Nguru-Kano rail fare attracts patronage – Official

Low Nguru-Kano rail fare attracts patronage – Official
Written by Maritime First

Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, Manager, Nguru Railway Station in Yobe, has said that lower rail fare has increased patronage of train services in the area.

Bello made the disclosure in an interview with the newsmen on Thursday in Nguru.

He said that the Corporation charges N600 per seat from Nguru to Kano rail narrow gauge as against the N1,400 and N1,500 fare being charged by commercial vehicle operators plying Kano-Nguru road.

The manager said that the charge for transporting a bag of rice from Nguru to Kano was N200 as against N800 charged by truck operators.

“The cost of hiring a wagon is N50,000, far lower than the cost of hiring a truck which runs into hundred of thousands of Naira.

“An average 100 to over 500 passengers ply the narrow gauge every week depending on the season,” he said.

According to him, the Mass Transit Train (MTT) arrives Nguru from Kano every Monday and Thursday of the week.

The manager said that the train usually conveys passengers, provisions, farm produce, cattle among others, on the route with about 12 stations in Yobe, Jigawa and Kano States.

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Bello noted that rail transportation had enhanced trading and commercial activities in Yobe and neighboring states in no small measure, as passengers became worried each time the train developed a fault.

The manager said that deploying more faster trains in the route would further increase the patronage.

 

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