There are robust indications that further coaches can be deployed on the 186.5-kilometer Abuja-Kaduna rail hall and the preliminary variety of coaches deployed on the soon-to-be-completed 157-kilometer Lagos-Ibadan commonplace gauge rail traces following the acquisition of extra coaches and wagons by the Nigerian authorities from China this week.
A seven-man Federal Authorities delegation led by Hussaini Adamu, director of procurement within the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMoT) accompanied by different prime officers of the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Company (NRC), returned from China Wednesday on the finish of a visit for the ultimate acceptance check of 44 models of coaches and locomotives.
Passenger choice for the Abuja-Kaduna practice service has been on the rise within the wake of reported frequent circumstances of kidnapping and killings and banditry alongside the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna freeway.
The rise within the variety of vacationers by rail with a scarcity of coaches has resulted to improve in practice fares with ticket racketeering by railway employees changing into a humiliation each to the FMoT and the administration of the NRC.
A breakdown of the 44 models being acquired by the federal government reveals that 29 are commonplace and 15 executives, respectively, with further 16-diesel a number of models (DMUs) already shipped and is being anticipated to arrive Lagos any second from now. Already in use for the common inspection on the Lagos-Ibadan rail hall are 4 VIP coaches and two Convention coaches.
The federal government on Tuesday stated the Lagos-Ibadan railway line can be prepared for commissioning April 2020. Whereas talking as a visitor on Good Morning Nigeria, a present affair programme of the Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA), Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, underscored the significance of rail transportation to the financial revival of the nation.
Amaechi famous that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was laying a strong infrastructural basis able to redefining capital initiatives implementation because the nation’s return to democratic governance in 1999.
The minister stated an estimated 30 million tons of products get to Kano and Kaduna from Lagos yearly, with over 90 p.c of those items transported by highway, including that with railway again on stream, the roads can be much less congested, thus minimising the price of upkeep for each federal and state governments.
He stated, “We have put the President on notice that we are ready to commission the Lagos- Ibadan railway by April. Probably, since we have democracy day in May, he may wish to commission during the month.”
He recalled that when the present administration took over in 2015, the Abuja- Kaduna railway was 80 p.c accomplished, however practically deserted.
‘’We had to handle the problems, full the challenge and fee it for utilization inside one yr. We then commenced the development of the Lagos-Ibadan railway and the Itakpe-Warri railway. Should you go to Agbor yard, you will note the massive funding within the yard,” he stated.
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