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Train attack: Five more passengers found safe, 141 others unknown, another coach recovered

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Five days after a passenger train travelling from Abuja to Kaduna was attacked by terrorists, the safety and whereabouts of 141 persons aboard the AK-9 train are yet to be ascertained by the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

The corporation, which said this on Tuesday in a statement, however confirmed the safety of five more passengers of the train.

This is as another coach (SP00020) damaged as a result of the attack, has been successfully re-railed and moved safely to the Rigasa station, Kaduna, bringing the total of re-railed coaches to eight.

The Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria, confirmed the safety of additional five persons, bringing the total number of persons confirmed safe to 191.

“191 persons on the manifest are now confirmed safe and at their various homes (additional five persons confirmed safe today. 46 phone numbers on the manifest are still either switched off or not reachable since Tuesday morning. 33 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing but still no response from the other end. 62 phone numbers on the manifest when called, respond non-existent. 22 persons are reported missing by their relatives and eight persons are confirmed dead,” Okhiria stated in the release.

Of the 20 crew members onboard the train, made up of NRC personnel, janitors and caterers, Okhiria said 12 had been confirmed well, seven declared missing and one reported dead.

The corporation, he added, remains committed to the safety of its passengers and staff on board the ill-fated Ak9 train service and will continue to “collaborate with security agencies to ensure all persons being held are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.”

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Amaechi left indelible mark in railways, we’ll continue, says Sambo

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Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo, says he will build on the legacies of his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, in the area of railway transformation, which he describes as an indelible mark.

He stated this during a tour of railway facilities from Lagos to Ibadan.
He was accompanied by the Minister of State for Transport, Adeleke Adegoroye.
He praised Amaechi’s
commitment in ensuring the actualisation of the standard gauge rail for Nigerians.

“I wish the incoming government will continue with the progress in the rail sector which we are all proud of presently.
“My gratitude goes to my predecessor for all he has done while in office , even his enemies would admit to his commitment towards achieving success in the rail sector.
“My predecessor had left an indelible mark; although we have limited time, we have vowed to continue where the former minister stopped.”
After a train ride from Lagos to Ibadan, Sambo, who interacted with some of the train passengers in Abeokuta, expressed satisfaction with the standard guage train service.


He commended the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation for their support
“We have been receiving support from the management of railway; we hope it will be sustained to enable us to create the enabling environment for business to strive and reduce cost of doing business.”

Sambo, who interacted with some train passengers at Wole Soyinka Railway Station in Abeokuta during the Lagos-Ibadan train tour, said he was satisfied with the service and favourable persengers’ comments.

“I am highly impressed with the railway modernisation programme of this administration. What we have seen is unprecedented. And we have vowed, my colleague and I, that within the short time that we have to spend as ministers, we will build on what we have found so that the trajectory will not be truncated in any way at all.”

Speaking on the Abuja-Kaduna railway corridor, Sambo reiterated the ministry’s stance on resuming operations in November.
He however refrained from stating a specific resumption date and asked Nigerians to wait patiently.
“We have announced previously that we are going to commence operations on that line this month. We have the target date. It is not necessary for me to share that date publicly. I don’t think that would help in running the service. Nigerians are interested in the service, right? Today is November 17; less than two weeks before the month is over. So, just be patient,” the minister said.

The team also visited the control tower, where Managing Director, NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, explained the importance of the place in monitoring the entire gamut of train operations along the Lagos-Ibadan corridor and to cover the entire railway network later.

Okhiria earlier in his welcome address commended the FG’s commitment towards ensuring completion of all the projects within the time frame, adhering to quality and international best practices.

He said that railway was the cornerstone of economic growth of all countries through mass movement of freight and people, thereby creating direct and indirect job opportunities, urbanisation, business expansion and social integration for peaceful coexistence.

“In the recent time, the NRC has been facing some challenges which include security and vandalisation. We thank the minister and his team for their effort towards ensuring that the railway corridors are now properly secure for the safety of our esteemed passengers and other stakeholders.

” I also commend the effort of he Honourable minister by ensuring all hostages of the AKTS infamous train attack were released before the resumption of the train operations on AKTS. This shows the compassion and empathy of our minister,” Okhiria said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happening now (Photos): Minister of Transportation Mu’azu Sambo on tour of railway facilities + Lagos-Ibadan train ride

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L-R: Minister of Transportation Mu'azu Sambo; Minister of State for Transport, Adeleke Adegoroye; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani, and Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, at the railway signal and communication control tower, Ebute Meta Lagos.. on Thursday

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Hyundai luxury arm, Genesis, showcases athletic elegant X Convertible

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Genesis, the luxury division of Hyundai Motor Company, has introduced Genesis X Convertible Concept as the third and final model in the automaker’s X concept trilogy.

This was unveiled in California ahead of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show in the United States.

The Genesis X Convertible showcases the brand’s athletic elegance design language in its purest form.

It shares both its architecture and electric powertrain with the X Concept from 2021 and the X Speedium Coupe concept of 2022, while also having a similar design to those two models.
The gorgeous concept immediately makes an impression because of the long bonnet and short front overhang. It stands out even further thanks to the brand’s familiar Quad Lights at the front which, like they did in the Speedium X Concept, form an LED light bar and an outline of the Crest Grille found on Genesis’s ICE models. Helping to keep the powertrain cool are the lower openings in the front bumper.
The profile of the concept is made even sleeker with sharp creases above the front and rear wheels, as well as the pronounced line stretching from the front of the hood through to the lip spoiler on the decklid. Genesis calls this the anti-wedge ‘Parabolic Line’ and says that it “emphasizes the regal character of the profile, creating tension between the full surfaces through a gently rearward-sloping horizontal belt line.”
Visible at the rear of the latest Genesis concept are horizontal quad rear lights. The aforementioned lip spoiler on the decklid also catches the eye thanks to a thin LED light complete with a V-shaped indentation. The concept also features a folding hardtop with transparent moon roofs above the front occupants. Rounding off the exterior design are wheels with a complex G-Matrix pattern and concave design.
Genesis has crafted an interior just as stunning as the exterior. It incorporates a wraparound instrument panel and is adorned in a mixture of recyclable wool fabric and leather, primarily finished in a shade dubbed Giwa Navy but a number of Dancheong Orange accents are also found throughout. An immersive audio system developed by sound master Guk-il Yu is also featured.


“It is the normal development of Genesis to increase the athletic and emotional facet of our design philosophy by creating an emotional trilogy: the X family,” Genesis chief creative officer Luc Donckerwolke described. “Innovation is the catalyst to becoming more engaged with the environment around us. We are in the process of transitioning Genesis into a company that will deliver products for customers to enjoy.”
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