By Aisha Cole
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.
Okhiria made the disclosure during a two-day retreat for senior management of the corporation held in Lagos on Thursday.
“We are working to include Sunday service in our operations. In the next two weeks, Sunday service will commence but we need to service the rolling stock fully before programming the train for seven days operation.
“We want Nigerians to really enjoy the train service. If not for the servicing, the Sunday service would have commenced this Sunday June 27.
“We are also using few days to programme staff for night operations because we want people to benefit from the train services.
“The objective of the management staff meeting is to review and inform them on the way forward.
“Before now, we have given ourselves some goals to achieve like how many locomotives, how many speed limit we should remove and how many trains we should have running,” Okhiria said.
Okhiria said there were five speed restrictions on Abuja/ Kaduna Standard gauge railway routes, adding that two speed restrictions had been removed on that axis due to some ballast formation.
He said they had to put speed restrictions on Apapa track due to frequent derail because of lack of ballast.
He said that the NRC had directed the district managers and directors to collaborate with the Nigeria Police and Civil Defense to improve the response time of various security challenges along railway corridors.