CEM REPORT, TRANSPORTATION | The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has hinted that there will be increase in the rates of train fares across the country.
The corporation says the increase is as a result of the increased cost of diesel and other logistics.
Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria, while speaking during and interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, noted that the increase in price would be done with great consideration to the interest of Nigerians and other commuters at heart as the service cannot he halted because of high diesel cost.
“It is better to have it operating than not operating. It is the service we are providing but in order to provide it, everybody has to make some sacrifice.
“The major cost should be the cost of diesel. Because we require diesel to operate the trains.
“The cost of diesel has gone up by more than three times and it is costing us to mount human and material security that it requires to keep the trains operating.
“We need to service the infrastructure we put in place for the additional security we secured and the additional personnel that will be going up and down to assist; they needs some incentives.”
Okhiria, therefore, called on its esteemed passengers to make some sacrifices and collaborate with the corporation to ensure the continued provision of the service in the country.
“So everybody should collaborate to ensure the trains are working because we can’t afford to fold up because we cannot buy diesel.
“So I think that Nigerians should bear with us. We are still working on the best way out.”