Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, said on Wednesday in Lagos the Lagos-Kano train service would be restored before the end of July. Sijuwade told the News Agency of Nigeria that although the commencement of the Lagos-Kano train service had been postponed twice, “it would surely be restored this July”.
He said, “The railway engineers have just returned from the final inspection of the tracks; our contractors are now working on the minor adjustments recommended by the engineers. “We are going to begin trial runs very soon, and most likely, full restoration of train services between Lagos and Kano before the end of this month, July 2012.”
The NRC boss said heavy rainfall in parts of the country, especially the South-West, damaged some of the facilities on the Lagos-Kano rail track, adding that repair work on the affected lines had been carried out. He also promised that the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri train service would be ready soon as its rehabilitation had reached an advanced stage.
According to Sijuwade, the new standard rail gauge line between Kaduna and Abuja is 35 per cent completed and should be delivered within the next two years, if adequate funds are provided. He said, “Fortunately, the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme is adequately funding the three railway projects – Kaduna-Abuja, Lagos-Kano, and Port Harcourt.