Thursday, December 8

Abuja-Kaduna train service to resume Saturday – Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said train services will resume on the Abuja-Kaduna route on Saturday (today).

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), announced suspension of its operation on the route following an explosive attack on some portions of the tracks on Wednesday. The NRC in a statement on Thursday confirmed that there was an explosion on the rail track.

It further stated that the explosion affected the fuel tank of the locomotive on Abuja to Kaduna last train (AK10) of 20th October 2021. The corporation also stated that the affected locomotive had been sent to the workshop for assessment and repairs.

It added that there were no reported casualties or injuries to either the passengers or train crew. Following the attack, the Minister embarked on the spot assessment of the damage caused by the explosion. Barely 48 hours after the suspension, the affected portion has been fixed.

The minister said he would meet with the Director General of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and Chief of Army Staff in a bid to apprehend the attackers.

He said: “The government is already working to apprehend the bandits. When I get to Abuja tomorrow, I will see the DG SS and the Chief of Army Staff. We will find the people.” On the repairs, Amaechi said: “The repair work is completed. What is significant is that the repair was done by our Nigerian engineers and completed in record time.

“They moved in today and finished today and by tomorrow, we expect that the first train will run by tomorrow (Saturday). The minister also hinted that a digital security system would be installed on both Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan corridor.

On whether there are plans to beef up security on the corridor, he said: “Has there been any other security challenge before now? What this has done to us is that it will fasten the procurement process of the digital system that we want to put in place.

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