Buhari commissions new rail vehicles, first Nigeria dry port

Buhari commissions new rail vehicles, first Nigeria dry port.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned new rail vehicles for the Kaduna –Abuja train service at Rigasa train station in Kaduna.

The vehicles consisted of 10 new coaches and two new locomotives.

Government procured the vehicles to reduce the stress of passengers whose large volume currently overwhelms facilities and had encouraged ticket racketeering and other sharp practices on the train route.

In his address at the ceremony, Mr. Buhari reiterated the resolve of his administration to vigorously implement the federal government’s 25-year railway master plan with a view to transforming rail transportation in Nigeria.

In his welcome address on the occasion, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said railway transport had nearly become a new phenomenon in Nigeria through the current efforts of government to expand its facilities.

“The indication is that we will no longer see ticket racketeering, nobody will be sending us text messages and video clips of passengers protesting at the train stations because of inadequate services,” Mr. Amaechi said.

The minister recalled that the standard gauge rail from Idu in Abuja to Rigasa in Kaduna was commissioned in July 2016 by the President.

The project was launched several years ago by the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo and sustained under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The President later left took a train ride from Rigasa to Kakuri on the outskirts of Kaduna to commission the Inland Dry Port.

While commissioning the facility, Mr. Buhari called on stakeholders to make optimal use of it and avoid inflicting unnecessary hardship on Nigerians.

He said the port will boost the nation’s economy, create more job opportunities and provide shipping services, eve without a sea port.

Mr. Buhari commended the Nigerian Shipping Council for successfully establishing the first inland dry port in the country.

Dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony include Mustapha Boss, Secretary to Government of the Federation; governors of Kano and Kaduna, Abdullahi Ganduje and Nasiru El-rufai respectively, and National Assembly members.

The ceremony was almost marred by overzealous security agents who had earlier molested a reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria, Taye Edeni, before the arrival of the president to the venue.

The security agents tried to deny journalists access to the venue of the ceremony.

In the melee, a security official slapped Mrs. Edeni who fell to the ground. She was later assisted by her colleagues to receive treatment from Red Cross officials.

A crew of journalists who accompanied the Minister of Transport was also blocked from the venue, despite the intervention of staff of the ministry..

Irked by their maltreatment, reporters walked away from the venue of the event before the arrival of the president.


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  • Larry Azuh

    Well done Mr. President

  • Intrepid

    Dry port? All cargoes straight to Kaduna uncheck at lagos port. Same should apply to other commercial cities in other zones.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      That’s the first one, six more coming, these when achieved will reduce the stress we face on Highways because of trucks.

  • Dam Dam

    these pictures are horrible! what’s this? tecno phone journalism?

  • Al

    It is long over due to connect kaduna-kano as well abuja-lokoja-Ilorin railway, for Gej to complete abuja-kaduna in four years then buhari govt has no reason to remain in first segment for two years again (abuja-kaduna). Rotimi Amaechi wake-up plz

    • Anonymous

      You are something else

  • SHAME on Niger DELTA

    Just last December the Nigerian Senate REJECTED the move to establish an EPZ (Export Processing Zone) in Edo state. The Northern Senators and Senators from the West of Nigeria voted against it. The port would have created jobs and opened up business on a larger scale but it does not suit the agenda of the North so the bill was killed. Just one month after, the same government commissions a DRY port in Kaduna- Northern Nigeria. Honestly I believe the Southern leaders and politicians are in-sane. Is John Oyegun not from Edo state? What will he now tell his people?…….I am not even sure Gov Osakesi of Benin is even aware of this politics. Oh my Niger Delta Avengers when will you avenge this injustices?

    • Anonymous

      There are 7 planned Dry Inland ports across all geopolitical zones. The Kaduna one is not an FGN project. EPZ is different from Dry Inland port. What is your issue apart from rabble-rousing?

      • Anonymous?

        Answer the simple question: WHY was the EPZ bill rejected in parliarment by the senators from Notrh & West? Any harm in an EPZ anywhere in the world? This defies any logical explanations. Countries without natural bases for Ports crave and hope they had water bodies but in Nigeria it is regional politics and the politicians do not attempt to hide their opposing and acerbic views against the progress of other regions all because of this mutual suspicion. This is why some sections of Nigeria want to go their separate ways.

        • Okakuoofbenin

          As simple as ABC

    • Du Covenant

      With Warri next door to Benin, the FG is planning to build a new seaport at Warri, what is your rationale comparing Kaduna with Edo State?. I don’t understand why in Nigeria we think everything must be chaotic without meaningful planning?. This is not how the organised countries of this world have done it. Why must we concentrate everything in one place?. Why don’t black Africans have the sense to spread development and opportunities around the rest of their countries?. With your attitude, go to Kaduna and you will find many from Edo living there that will benefit from whatever opportunities that exist in Kaduna, why are we so myopic in our thinking. Any development should be seen as a good thing for all Nigerians no matter where such is located. I am against putting everything in one place, why should we not have a port in Calabar etc, why must every import come through Lagos into Nigeria?.

    • Truth.com

      Building more APZ without adding values to people of Nigeria is not a good economic sense. Firstly, I do not want Fraud Government of Nigeria (FGN) to run anything that private sector can run efficiently Look at the Telecommunication sector, Cement industry, Channels TV vs NTA, Fast food industry being run by private sector. They are good and productive. Everything the FGN touches has not and never benefitted its people. Please, tell me what FGN has done and or being run and you are proud about. Maybe corruption, deception, lies, frauds and impunity. Just to remind you, all these vices are added to the country Gross National Products. You may verify with National Bureau of Statistics – just joking. But seriously, Please do not encourage FGN to handle anything that can be handled by private sector because records show that it is going to be a disaster.

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