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Nigeria: Government Reopens Light Railway Network, Offers Free Rides

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After four years of suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Nigeria reopened the first phase of a light railway network built by China in the nation’s capital, Abuja, and promptly announced free rides for travelers.

At a cost of $823 million, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation constructed the railway network, which currently has two lines and 45.25 kilometers (28.12 miles) of track. There will be 292 kilometers of track and six lines when everything is finished.

More than a year after it started running, President Bola Tinubu presided over a ceremony on Wednesday to reopen the train service that had been discontinued in 2020.

Though Tinubu stated commuters should not pay till the end of the year, the administration had planned to offer free travel for two months.

Although he did not specify how his government would pay for the free service, commuters who are struggling with high transportation costs due to the elimination of a well-liked gasoline subsidy last year will be happy to see it.

The international airport is connected to other areas of the city via the railway network.

Due to the high expense of living in inner cities and the possibility of heavy traffic during peak hours, many people who work in Nigeria’s capital choose to reside outside of Abuja or in satellite towns.

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