Nige­ria's first stan­dard gauge rail­way now 900 days old

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - WORLD NEWS -

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.

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