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NRC explains Kaduna-Abuja train breakdown, apologises to passengers

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation has said a failed locomotive turbocharger was responsible for the breakdown of its Kaduna-Abuja train last Friday.

Managing Director of the NRC, Engr Fidet Okhiria, gave the explanation in a statement on Saturday, and promised that such incident would not happen again.

The Abuja bound train had stopped shortly after leaving Kaduna on Friday and its passengers were stranded for over an hour before they could continue their journey.

A video that was circulated on the social media showed passengers taking fresh air outside the train while the faulty train was being fixed.

One of the passengers was heard saying in the video that the train had been at the location for about two hours.

A statement by Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, the media assistant to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, reported the NRC boss as apologising to the affected train passengers.

He was quoted as saying, “The locomotive’s turbocharger failed and we apologise for that.

“We are working hard to avoid such occurrence in future. By Monday, the train service would be operational.”

Okhiria said the incident did not affect the train’s operation.

He pledged the corporation’s commitment to the safety of its passengers at all times.

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We’re ready to move livestock from North to South – NRC MD

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We’re ready to move livestock from North to South – NRC MD

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says it will soon resume transportation of livestock from north to south.

The service was suspended in 2017 due to technical glitches.

Fidet Okhiria, managing director of the NRC, disclosed the planned resumption of the service on Wednesday when he appeared on ‘Morning Brief,’ a Channels TV programme.

Okhiria said the transportation of livestock and goods would recommence via the Warri-Itakpe route.

On Tuesday, President Bola Tinubu hinted at the possibility of creating a ministry of livestock development.

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Okhiria said the NRC would modernise the movement of goods in the country “so that when they come by road from the north, they can move them by rail to south-south Warri”.

The MD added that the NRC has “brought in some wagons that can mobilise livestock and they are being assembled in the Kajola area of Oyo in the south-west”.

He said railway investments should prioritise people’s wellbeing over profit for indirect economic benefits.

“We’ve built 15 wagons for livestock and maybe in the next month or two, they would be deployed from Itakpe to Warri to drive the economy,” he said.

“You are not developing transportation because you want to make a profit in terms of naira and kobo, but the profit will come indirectly if we can move goods and link cities.”

We’re ready to move livestock from North to South – NRC MD

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Warri-Itakpe train service resumes today, says FG

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Warri-Itakpe train service resumes today, says FG

The Federal Government has assured passengers of the Warri-Itakpe train service of their safety as operations resume on the route on Monday.

This assurance follows a train accident on Thursday at the Major Gen. David Ejor rail station.

On Sunday, the Minister of Transportation, Senator Ahmed Alkali, gave this assurance during an inspection at the Agbor-Abraka rail station.

Represented by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Pius Oteh, the minister noted that their primary observation was to ensure that the track has been repaired.

He said, “Our first observation is to see that normalcy has been restored. We are here in the directive of Minister who is concerned when the accident happened on Thursday night.

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“The NRC is the operator of all our rail services and we are aware that they have already begin to take preliminary steps to ascertain what happened and ensure everybody was safe and conduct further investigation. “As supervisory ministry of NRC also find the need to have a first assessment of the situation.

“You know that Warri-Itakpe railway is a critical component of our National railway infrastructure. We are happy to be here and express Minister concerned.

“We are happy that the incident did not led to any casualty, it an operational issue and we are happy to see that NRC has used their internal resource to fix the track.

“By tomorrow Monday, the train will resume its operation. We thanked God that the accident did not claimed any life.”

While commending the Nigeria Railway Corperation for efficient and effective service over the years, the minister disclosed that to run two sessions daily is on course.

On the issue of kidnapping around railway, the Minister said that security agencies are working very well to address the trend.

He assured safety of the public and encouraging them to continue using the train, noting that efforts are ongoing to entend the railway line to Abuja.

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Nigerian Railway Corporation suspends Warri-Itakpe train after derailment

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Nigerian Railway Corporation suspends Warri-Itakpe train after derailment

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the suspension of its train services from Warri in Delta State to Itakpe in Kogi State, starting from Friday, July 5th.

The suspension is due to an obstruction on the track, according to the NRC.

This is contained in a notice sent to customers titled “Public Announcement” on Friday, saying that the agency would likely resume operations on Monday, July 8, 2024.

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It read, “This is to officially notify our esteemed passengers that Warri-Itakpe Train will not run today being Friday, 5th July 2024 due to the obstruction we have on our track.

“We shall resume our normal train services on Monday 8th July 2024. Passengers who already booked their tickets online will be refunded.”

“All inconveniences is highly regretted. Thank you,” the statement added.

The train reportedly derailed on Thursday, July 4 at about 7.15pm.

A passenger on the train said it wobbled along its track at several locations and derailed.

It was however learnt that the NRC team was working to fix the problem.

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