La­gos-Kano train ser­vices re­sume

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

La­gos- Kano train ser­vices which were stalled fol­low­ing a col­lapse of rail­way tracks in a Niger vil­lage are about to be re­stored, it was learnt yes­ter­day.

The Nige­rian Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion (NRC) has com­pleted the re­pair work on the col­lapsed bridge while full pas­sen­ger ser­vice is ex­pected to be re­stored next week.

Daily Trust re­ports that the La­gos-Kano pas­sen­ger ser­vices as well as the freight move­ment of var­i­ous items from La­gos to Kano was sus­pended fol­low­ing a washout of rail­way track in Niger State.

Prior to the re­pair of the sec­tion of the rail tracks, trains could not move goods from La­gos, the na­tion’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal be­yond Kwara State.

The half year sta­tis­tics of pas­sen­gers and goods from La­gos saw a sharp drop es­pe­cially in freight move­ment. While 100 wag­ons and 4,000 tons of freight were moved in Jan­uary 2017, the fig­ure dropped to 20 wag­ons and 800 tons in June with the drop at­trib­uted to the bridge col­lapse.

About N100m is es­ti­mated to be lost dur­ing the pe­riod.

How­ever respite has come to the way of train pas­sen­gers and the NRC as the re­pair work has been com­pleted while move­ment of cargo items has since com­menced.

It was how­ever learnt that the weekly ex­press train ser­vice from La­gos to Kano would not re­sume un­til next week.

NRC’s Direc­tor of Op­er­a­tions, Mr. Niyi Ali con­firmed to our cor­re­spon­dent that the di­lap­i­dated tracks have been re­stored.

He said the train run­ning La­gos to Kano was in Kano when the in­ci­dent hap­pened, say­ing it would move to La­gos on Mon­day to start nor­mal op­er­a­tions es­pe­cially the hugely pa­tron­ized ex­press train ser­vices.

“The re­pair work has been com­pleted. We have a full track now be­tween La­gos and Kano,” he said.

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