president Buhari commissions new coaches, locomotives for Kaduna-Abuja train service .

Written by on January 4, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has inagurated 10 additional locomotives and two coaches in Rigasa Train Station, Kaduna.

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, attended the event

The president  who was happy at progress of the  project while giving his speech stated that In response to the increased demand for this service  the federal government will  flag off the other leg of the project.

he also promise that the Lagos to Ibadan segment of the Lagos to Kano double track standard gauge rail line project is targeted to be completed by the end of the year.

he explained further that the Itakpe to Warri standard gauge central line is expected to be commissioned by July this year and the extension from Itakpe to Abuja is being pursued vigorously.

Mr. president also stated that the  federal government  is set to partner with  private sector participation in  rail development as negotiation for concession of the narrow gauge railways with a consortium led by General Electric is in progress.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had earlier  said that the provision of additional coaches and locomotives is aimed at increasing rail traffic along the Abuja-Kaduna route and also to eliminate ticket racketeering by persons taking advantage of the shortage of coaches to extort innocent passengers.

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