The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr. Fidet Okhiria has said that the corporation would begin free train ride service from Itakpe to Warri.
Okhiria said on Thursday while inspecting the ongoing construction of train terminal at Ujevwu community in Delta State that the free ride will be for a month.
According to him, the 202 kilometres train journey will connect many communities and improve social and economic life of the people.
“NRC will start free train ride along Agbhor-Itakpe corridor for a month to test run the service.
“Government wants to provide good service so that goods and services can be affordable for the communities.
“We are not going to limit ourselves to passengers alone or to township service but also transport goods and services,” he said.
Okhiria said that the rail service would complement road transport to improve movement of goods and services across the states.
The managing director said that seven new coaches train will transport over 400 passengers on a trip from Itakpe to Warri on daily basis.
He advised the residents to make proper use of this opportunity to enhance their social and economic life.
The managing director said youths in the communities would also be gainfully employed to maintain the tracks and in other services.