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New Lagos-Ibadan rail ready for travellers in December – Amaechi

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People travelling from Lagos to Ibadan, South-West of Nigeria, for the end of this year’s festivities will be able to use the fast rail line being constructed along that route, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said.

The minister also hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari would ride on the train in January next year to formally flag off commercial operation on the new standard gauge rail line.

Amaechi spoke in Ibadan railway station of the standard gauge line on Saturday during a tour of the line and stations between Lagos and Ibadan undertaken with with top officials of the ministry, Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Ibrahim Musa; and Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okheria.

He was fielding questions from journalists on the extent of job done by the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, and when full commercial operation would begin on the new rail line.

He said the track work had been completed with finishing touches being carried out by the CCECC on the train stations.

“Whether we finish or not, it is necessary to provide train services before the festive season.”

Amaechi, however, said the end-of-year travellers would have to pay for their trip on the train, adding that “it will no longer be free.”

The Federal Government had for about two months made ride on the fast train by members of the public free before the outbreak of coronavirus as part of the trial run ahead of full operation.

“We have had several test-runs. From 2019 December, we have been having test-runs. This trip is also a test-run,” Amaechi stated.

The minister commended the pace of work by the Chinese contractors, noting, “The last time we came, we were literally quarrelling with them. But now there is a huge improvement.

“The contractor has done the best it could. The problem is with the weather. There was a time we had challenges with weather. But beyond that I think that they have done well. The guys have done well, we have given them a timeline and they are trying to meet up.

“I think there is a huge improvement from the last time we came and you can see that it (the work) is coming to an end.”

 

 

 

 

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Our medical team tried to rescue policeman who died on Abuja-Kaduna train – NRC 

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Our medical team tried to rescue policeman who died on Abuja-Kaduna train – NRC 

 

The Nigerian Railway Corporation has reacted to the death of policemen while on escort duty aboard the Abuja-Kaduna train on April 5, saying the deceased received medical attention on the train.

It said this in a statement on Tuesday.

The police escort attached to the train was said to have died on the train conveying passengers from Kaduna to Abuja last Thursday.

The police officer reportedly complained of chest pain before he collapsed and died.

Some have accused the NRC of not having medical personnel on board.

But the NRC said there was a medical doctor on duty on the train when the incident happened.

It disclosed that the official was also assisted by a passenger, also a medical practitioner.

The statement read in part, “The NRC management wishes to emphatically inform the general public that we have well trained medical personnel and equipped medical cubicle to attend to any emergency health challenges of our esteemed passengers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the medical personnel on duty was Mariam Abdulai who was assisted by a good Samaritan medical practitioner that happens to be our passenger on board to revive the ailing cop but was in futility.

“The management of the NRC expresses its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of the late police inspector, Nambut Selbol, who was escort on duty in Abuja – Kaduna train service on that fateful day.”

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Abuja metro rail 97% ready, says Wike after 30-minute ride

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Wike in 30-min ride on Abuja metro train, says it’s 97% ready

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, on Friday undertook a 30-minute ride on the Abuja metro train after an inspection of the intra-city rail project.

The train ride was done after an inspection tour from the Metro Station in Central Area to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He disclosed that the Rail Mass Transit (ART) project was 97 per cent ready.

Wike President Bola Tinubu would be happy to commission the Abuja Rail Mass Transit project in May.

The minister described the development as a “dream comes true”.

He said the project would be ready for inauguration to celebrate Tinubu’s one year in office.

Wike said Tinubu had approved the schedule for the inauguration of projects in the FCT.

The minister said, “We are very happy. We are almost 97 per cent completed. All works are ongoing to make sure that the May delivery date is a reality.

“I believe this is one of the projects Mr President would like to inaugurate, because it is very key to the development of the economy.

“For me, it is a dream come true, and we are happy that after all said and done, the metro line will be put to use for Nigerians, come May 29″.

After the test ride from the Metro Station to the Airport, the minister declared that it would be more convenient to use the train than vehicles to go to the airport.

He added, “I am really impressed with the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

“The company has assured us that all the renovation works on the stations will be ready before the commissioning date.”

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Cargo trains lifted NRC revenue to N6.05bn in 2023 – NBS

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Nigerian railway generated N6.05bn in 2023 – NBS report 

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) generated a total revenue of N6.05 billion in 2023, largely buoyed by cargo trains.

This is an increase of 8.8 per cent over N5.56 billion recorded in 2022, according to latest report by the National Bureau of Statistic (NBS) on Rail Transport.

Despite the initial hiccups, since the Minister of Transportation, Senator Saidu Alkali, inaugurated the first cargo movement from the Lagos-Ibadan rail corridor in September last year, the freight train has enjoyed good patronage.

The NBS report showed the volume of cargo and revenue in 2023 rose by 102.04 percent and 144.32 percent respectively compared to the figures in 2022.

It specifically stated that the revenue generated in 2023 comprised N4.42 billion from passengers; N1.07 billion from cargos and N565.84 million from other income receipts.

The data also indicated that the number of cargos\goods transported by rail during the period stood at 317,244 tons while the number of passengers was 2.18 million tons.

However, the report showed that in Q4’23, the number of passengers fell by 49.7 percent to 672,198.

Part of the NBS report read, “In Q4’23, a total of 672,198 passengers travelled via rail system relative to 1,337,108 reported in the corresponding quarter of 2022, indicating a growth rate of -49.73 percent.

“The volume of goods/cargos transported in Q4’23 stood at 119,286 tons compared to 53,136 tons recorded in Q4’22.

“In terms of revenue generation, N1.07 billion was received from passengers during the reference period, showing a decrease of 7.51 percent from the N1.15 billion recorded in the same quarter of the previous year.

“Similarly, N423.22 million was collected from goods/cargos conveyed in Q4’23, up by 169.16 percent from N157.23 million received in Q4’22.

“In addition, other receipts amounted to N393.72 million, indicating an increase of 3.02 percent in Q4’23 from the N382.17 million collected in Q4’22.

“However, on an annual basis, the number of passengers in 2023 fell by 32.08 percent compared to the previous year.

“The revenue received from passengers declined by 2.64 percent in 2023, while volume of cargo and revenue rose by 102.04 percent and 144.32 percent respectively relative to 2022.”

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