The District Railway Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) in Bauchi Mr Aliyu Mainasara, has said that passengers would be charged N200 per trip, adding that each trip would be accompanied by security personnel to protect lives and property.
This has led to excitement among some residents of the metropolis who expressed their joy over the resumption of intercity rail service in Bauchi and its environs.
A cross-section of the residents who spoke to the Newsmen in separate interviews in the state commended the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) for the feat achieved. They said the gesture would enhance transportation as well as encourage the social and economic development of the state.
Recall that NRC through its North-East District office on Monday unveiled the rehabilitated five-kilometre rail line linking Bauchi to Inkil community along Bauchi-Gombe Expressway.
The Corporation suspended rail services in the past 10 years due to the Boko Haram insurgency and vandalism of its facilities in the state.
Mr Michael Habu, a resident, said the resumption of the rail service would ease transportation between the Bauchi metropolis and the adjourning communities.
“With the resumption of the rail service, I will be going to Bauchi by train for my errand,” he said. Mrs Grace Audu, a trader, said that life would be easier with the resumption of rail services in the area.
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