The Nigerian Railway Corporation says it has rehabilitated 117 engines and coaches.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will soon commence full services on its Lagos-Kano route, the Managing Director, Seyi Sijuade, has said.
He said the recent successful rehabilitation of 117 engines and coaches would enable the corporation to resume haulage and passenger services on the Lagos-Kano line.Mr. Sijuade said this in Minna on Sunday while rolling out the first phase of the rehabilitated engines and coaches for the Minna-Kaduna daily train services.“The Lagos-Kano service will start in a few weeks’ time and we intend to ply the route twice a week,” he said.
Represented by the Director of Operations, Niyi Ali, the managing director attributed the successful restoration of train services in parts of the country to the “ingenuity of the corporation’s engineers and technicians”.
He said that the effort of the staff in refurbishing the engines and coaches locally had helped to save cost.“We are going back to the good old days, where everything was done in-house.
“A lot of these equipment are specialised equipment acquired by the corporation, but we are looking forward to a time when
our staff will produce these things locally and we are starting now.
“Compared to contract cost, these in-house refurbishments will save us a lot of money. It’s not just about the immediate savings, we are also talking about the long term benefits when we learn to do everything in-house,” he said.
In his remarks, the Niger Commissioner for Transport, Abubakar Ahmed, appealed to the federal government to rehabilitate and upgrade the Baro railway line.
“We are aware that the federal government is dredging the Baro River and the road there is terribly bad. So we are calling on the federal government to rehabilitate and upgrade the Baro railway station to aid the movement of people and goods,” he said.
He said that the state government is working with the railway corporation to enhance rail services in the state.