Ten coaches of Train have been procured by the Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC) and Four of the coaches have arrived Abuja for Abuja-Kaduna rout.
The coaches were offloaded after arriving at this past weekend and boogies of the trains were being assembled for eventual mounting of the coaches.
According to the NRC Abuja liaison officer, Pascal Nnorli, the remaining six coaches would arrive anytime soon.
He added that out of the ten coaches, six are economy, two executives and two baggage vans. The corporation has plans of commissioning the coaches on January 15, 2018.
The managing director of Nigeria Railway, Fidet Okhiria, recently expressed optimism that the NRC will overcome the challenges of meeting passenger demands when the new coaches are deployed.
Okhiria said when the new coaches are deployed, the Abuja-Kaduna train service would have one express train service and hourly train operations. NRC has disclosed that the drivers to operate the new trains have already completed their training.
We made a stop at the site of the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan railway project, the tour of the project sites at Ijoko, Itori, Afofowa and Papalanto all in Ewekoro local government area of Ogun state, and indications shows that the challenges they encounter will not deter the current administration ahead of the December 2018 completion deadline.
Some of the challenge include but not limited to, gas pipeline interference, military, Jibowu and Constain overhead bridges in Lagos state.
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said the ministry is working with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to resolve the issue with the gas pipelines. The transportation minister during the recent inspection of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line in Papalanto, said he was impressed with the level of ongoing construction work.