- The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has said that 1.5 million passengers were conveyed on Abuja-Kaduna railway in 1,000 days
- The corporation said it is a great achievement since the NRC never recorded any kind of accident or industrial strike action during the period
- NRC also added that it would increase the number of trains to meet the demand of the public for prompt service
Statistics from the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) have shown that the Abuja-Kaduna railway has carried 1.5 million passengers in 1,000 days of operation.
Fidet Okhira, the managing director of the NRC disclosed this at an event to mark the great achievement in the railway service history of Nigeria, Daily Trust reports.
The head of NRC said that it quite a milestone that there were no accidents like train derailment and other major failures.
He said: “To operate for 1,000 days without major accidents like derailment, major failures, staff didn’t down tools and we didn’t stop operation for any day; it’s a huge success.’’
Okhira also added that people might be complaining the corporation is not providing enough service to meet the demand of the public because of the upgrade going on, he however said the number of coaches will be increased.
“By the end of the year, we should target every hourly train to and from Kaduna. We have ordered more coaches and they will even be more beautiful and more relaxing than the ones we have.
“For the e-ticketing, it’s in an advanced stage now, but we have to follow due process. We have advertised and over 1,000 companies bidded. Right now, three companies are defending their proposals at the ICPC,” he said
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a group, Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), accused the federal government of deliberately excluding the south-east and south-south zones in its national railway project and abandoning the railway contract in the two zones awarded by the regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The allegation was contained in a statement signed by its president, Chief Tochukwu Ezeoke and secretary, Lawrence Nwobu, on Wednesday, April 17.
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