Nigeria's first standard gauge railway now 900 days old
Passengers waiting to board a train from Nigeria's capital Abuja on Saturday were wowed when they were informed that the train service had been safely operating for 900 days.
A male voice announced from a public address system said that the train service had been in commercial operation for 900 days and without any major accident recorded since its inception.
Many looked in amazement, expressing satisfaction at the safe operation of the Abuja-kaduna train service, the first standard gauge railway in Nigeria and West Africa.
The train connects passengers from Idu, an industrial development area of Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, to Rigasa Village of Igabi local area of the northwestern state of Kaduna.
The Abuja-kaduna train service started commercial operation on July 27, 2016, following the smooth completion of the railway construction by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
With the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) being its main operator, local passengers lauded the CCECC and NRC for working together vigorously to achieve maximum safety with efficient operation.
Yakubu Garba, a regular passenger of the Abuja-kaduna train service, described his experience so far as "topnotch." "It is a wonderful experience. The number one advantage of the train is safety, because of the security challenges in Nigeria," Mr Garba told Xinhua at the boarding gate of the main Idu Station of the train. "When you enter the train you will feel safe. Only last month, over 80,000 passengers were transported on the Abuja-kaduna train service, more than double of the passenger flow it previously recorded, an official said.