President Muhammadu Buhari has inagurated 10 additional locomotives and two coaches in Rigasa Train Station, Kaduna.
The President reaffirmed the government’s commitment to link all commercial cities and production centre’s including state capitals through rail in order to fastback the socio-economic development of the nation.
While commissiong the additional locomatives and coaches in Kaduna, he said that the government will vigorously pursue rail development in Nigeria.
The President added that negotiations are currently on-going with private sector investors for narrow gauge rail lines in order to expand the reach of reach of rail services in the country.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation has started operations on Sunday 26th March,2017. It commenced operations with 512 passengers on a round trip with 192 passengers from Abuja to Kaduna and 320 back.
Mr Victor Adamu the operations manger said the Sunday operations was successful based on the good number of passengers it had for it’s first ride.
“The train service took off at 12p.m. from Idu station and left Rigasa by 4p.m., we have 192 passengers from Abuja, and we are using the four coaches, three economies and one business class.
“Sunday was used for maintenance of the coaches but there was a public demand that there should be train service on Sunday which was approved by the management.
“The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, asked NRC to commence operations on Sunday immediately to ease movement of passengers from the airport in Kaduna back to Abuja,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Abuja-Kaduna commercial train operation in July 26, 2016.