- Repairs on the bombed Abuja-Kaduna railway track have been completed, the federal government has said
- The Nigeria Railway Corporation is set to commence Abuja-Kaduna train services on the rail line as soon as possible
- The disclosure was made in a statement by the managing director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria on Thursday, May 5
The Nigerian government on Thursday, May 5, announced that it has completed repairs on the railway track which was destroyed by some terrorists in Kaduna.
A statement issued and signed by Niyi Ali on behalf of Okhiria said that the connection of the AKTS line has been achieved.
The federal government said that this implies that the major track components (Concrete Sleepers and Rails) have been completely laid.
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Okhiria also said that the south end of the tracks which was destroyed by the bomb laid by the terrorists has been successfully joined with the north end.
Rail track ready for use for transportation
He added that the track access between Abuja and Kaduna is now restored and ready for use for train services along the route.
“The technical team continue with other track stablization works including Ballasting, Temping, Fastening of accessories (clips, bolts and nuts) and welding.
"Loco 2502 which was involved in the accident (though not damaged) and trapped at the Rigasa end due to lack of route access has now crossed to the Idu end and taken to the Workshop for proper examination and routine maintenance.”
In addition, Okhiria said that the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) will resume soon with additional security measures put in place for the safety of every passenger and staff employed for the purpose of the services.
He said that once the trains resume passengers will be required to provide their National Identification Number (NIN) registration for verification prior to purchasing train tickets.
This, Okhiria said is for improved passenger profiling and the safety of all the people on board the train.
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