By Our Correspondent
The Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, says it has concluded arrangements to resume mass transit train services, MTTS, between Lagos and Kano mass transit train service will resume operations from August 13, 2021.
NRC Northern District Regional Manager, Ismail Adebiyi, made the announcement on Sunday while speaking with newsmen, noting that services on the route was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adeniyi explained that train on the route will operate once a week, leaving Lagos on Friday evening to arrive Kano on Sunday morning while adding that NRC has also concluded plans to restart train services from both Kaduna to Kafanchan and Kaduna to Kano before the end of August.
Adeniyi added that the NRC is rehabilitating 100 wagons to further strengthen train services with the next two months as part of its plans to ensure top notch train services as according to him, 21 of the rehabilitated wagons will be allocated to the northern district, comprising Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Katsina and Zamfara states.
Adeniyi noted that plans have also reached an advanced stage of enhancing traffic on the Kano-Nuru with the return of coaches that were dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, since most of the routes are on narrow gauge, NRC will strengthen its maintenance work to ensure hitch-free operations.
Adeniyi reiterated that NRC is collaborating with key security agencies and other relevant stakeholders to address the menace of vandalism of railway equipment.