Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has recently apologized on behalf of the federal government for the sudden breakdown of the Abuja-Kaduna rail service between 18th of November and 20th of November 2020. Mr Amaechi reportedly tendered his apology on Monday, November 23, when he went for a routine inspection of the ongoing railway project in Ibadan.
Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologized for the recent breakdown of the Abuja-Kaduna train service
According to recent reports, Mr Rotimi Amaechi said that the ministry of transport has now taken delivery of new locomotives (train) and has also reached out to the Chinese suppliers. The reports also claim that Mr Amaechi said the recent breakdown of the Abuja-Kaduna train was not expected at such an early stage. He assured that the NRC (Nigerian Railway Corporation) and the transport ministry are working together with the “Chinese” to fix the recent issues.
Press reports also claim that Mr Rotimi Amaechi also called on the CCECC (China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation) to increase the pace of executing the railway project since the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer as strong as before. However, Mrs Madeleine Ajani, the permanent secretary at the ministry of transport, noted that there is a noticeable improvement on the Abuja-Kaduna rail project compared to October. Mrs Ajani, also confirmed that the ministry of transport will not shift its proposed commissioning date for this rail project but will rather put more pressure on the CCECC for quick completion.
Below is a press report video revealing the message that Mr Rotimi Amaechi sent to CCECC over the recent Abuja-Kaduna train breakdown.
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It is also worth mentioning that Mr Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director of NRC, said he is hopeful that some train stations of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project will be completed by December 2020. He also stressed that having more stations for the Lagos-Ibadan rail service will help reduce the waiting time and stress of passengers travelling by the medium.