Abuja-Kaduna Train: FG installs CCTV cameras on train coaches

Following the postponement of the Abuja-Kaduna rail services, the Federal Government has reportedly commenced the installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras on the Idu rail station train coaches. Recall that the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, had announced earlier that the train services halted since March after terrorists attacked and abducted passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train would resume in a few days. Meanwhile, reports emerged last week that some contractors were at the Idu Rail Station to install the cameras and trackers but couldn’t install them. However, it was reported…

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Just In! Abuja-Kaduna train services resume operation – Minister

The Federal Government has announced the resumption of train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line. The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, made the announcement while giving an account of his stewardship in the ministry in Abuja. Recall that train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route have been halted for almost eight months after terrorists attacked the train in April. Sixty passengers were kidnapped and almost a dozen were killed during the horrific attack. All the abducted passengers have since been released. However, Sambo said train services on the rail corridor will…

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Insecurity: Chinese firm suspends work on P/Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project

The Federal Government has suspended work on the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project following incessant attacks on the staff of China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the project. The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, who disclosed this yesterday, during an inspection tour of the project in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, said the suspension was due to insecurity and vandalism of railway properties along the corridor. According to him, CCECC had complained of attacks on its workers along the Abia State axis.…

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Train service to resume soon along Abuja-Kaduna corridor as NRC fixes bombed track

The Nigerian Railway Corporation, (NRC), on Thursday, said it has successfully completed work on the damaged portion of the Abuja-Kaduna rail track in the aftermath of the terrorists’ attack on March 28 which grounded service along the route. Recall that the attack led to the death of nine persons and the abduction of many, including an aged woman, a nursing mother, among others. According to a press statement made available to newsmen, the NRC said track access between the two cities has been achieved, although it failed to provide an…

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Kaduna residents appeal for return of Abuja-Kaduna train service

Some residents of Kaduna on Friday urged the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) authorities to expedite action on the resumption of service on the Abuja-Kaduna route. The residents made the call in separate interviews with newsmen in Kaduna. Recall that NRC had on March 29, announced an indefinite suspension of train service on the Abuja-Kaduna route following an attack on the train by terrorists. For the residents, the resumption of the train services would go a long way in easing their transport challenges. A civil servant who resides in Barnawa, Mrs.…

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FG shops for N5.9tr loan to deliver multiple rail projects over China delays

With a protracted delay from China in opening up funds for Nigeria, the federal government is turning to the British market where it expects to raise $14.4 billion (about N5.993 trillion) at least for multiple rail projects. Already, reports said the Standard Chartered Bank has agreed to offer a $3.02 billion (N1,256tr) loan to fund rail projects. There are indications that such a move could cut the exposure of the country to Chinese loans. Recall that Amaechi told Bloomberg, in June last year, that Nigeria is seeking $14.4bn loans for…

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Kano: Many passengers feared dead as train crushes trailer and tricycle

Some passengers are feared dead as a moving train crushed a trailer and commercial tricycle in Kano State. The incident occurred on Obasanjo Road in Kano metropolis at 11:30 am yesterday. According to eyewitnesses who run businesses near the rail track, the cement trailer was coming towards the rail line as the train was speeding. The witnesses said they attempted to flag down the trailer but the driver didn’t notice. “When the driver of the trailer tried to cross the rail line, the train hit the vehicle and the tricycle…

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Kano: Many passengers feared dead as train crushes trailer, tricycle

An unspecified number of passengers are feared, dead when a train in motion crushed a Dangote cement truck and a commercial tricycle in Kano State. The incident occurred on Obasanjo Road in Kano metropolis at about 11:30 am on Sunday. An eyewitness, who is a trader beside the rail track, said he noticed the truck moving towards the rail line, as the train was in motion. According to him, efforts made to flag down the trailer were not fruitful. “As the driver of the trailer attempted to cross the rail…

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“$36 billion needed to connect the entire country by rail” – Amaechi

Speaking on a television programme on Friday, Amaechi said railway is capital intensive, a situation that has made it difficult for private firms to invest in the sector. He said the reason the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been borrowing funds from overseas in recent years was because only Abuja was able to come up with the needed collateral to take such loans. When asked why the Kaduna-Abuja railway had not been linked to Lokoja, Amaechi responded: “If we had money, I would want to be the minister that…

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Yuletide: FG declares 1-week free train rides nationwide

The Federal Government, yesterday, declared free train services across the country to be enjoyed by Nigerians between December, 24 and January 4, 2022. Spokesman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, (NRC), Mahmood Yakub, who disclosed this in an issued statement, said the free service covers all the standard-gauge and narrow-gauge services of the NRC across its network. These include the Abuja-Kaduna train service, Lagos-Ibadan train service, Warri-Itakpe, Kano-Lagos; Minna-Kaduna and Aba-Port Harcourt. The NRC Managing Director, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who also spoke on the development, said, ”The decision which was made…

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