Transport

Niger, NRC partner to resuscitate rail operations

Mr Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), says the corporation will soon include Sunday in the Lagos/Ibadan standard gauge rail service to satisfy customers’ needs.

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has continued talks with the Management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on reviving the activities of the Corporation in the State.

A statement by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Bello, disclosed that the governor stated this at the NRC office in Ebute Meta, Lagos state.

Bello, who was at the office of the Corporation with some officials from the state, explained that his visit was a follow-up to their earlier discussions on how to reactivate their services in the state.

He said that the reactivation would be of immense benefit to the state and particularly in areas with immense Agricultural potentials.

The Governor noted that with the reactivation of some of the locomotives and wagons, the economic activities around the areas would create jobs and improve the state’s internally generated revenue.

“If we are able to reactivate some of the locomotives and wagons, it will help the market men and women to move within Minna and environs and will also extend the services to Kaduna”, he said.

Bello reiterated his administration’s readiness to partner with the Corporation to ensure that some of the coaches and wagons are refurbished to give them better outlook and make them more convenient.

The governor added that the resumption of operation would boost the operation of the Corporation through increased patronage.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, expressed delight with the move by the state Governor and assured him of all the necessary support to achieve the desired objectives.

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