Lagos-Jebba rail rehabilitation near completion--NRC
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said on Thursday that the Lagos-Jebba rail rehabilitation work was near 97 per cent completion.
Dr Adeseyi Sijuade Managing Director of NRC disclosed this at the Engineering Forum of Nigerians (EFN) Seminar 2011 in London.
He said the rehabilitation work on Jebba-Kano line was also be due for completion in February 2012.
Sijuade said further that 20 new pressurised oil tank wagons would be delivered by the end of December while four new locomotives would be delivered by early 2012.
``Just like it was in those days, now we have movement of cement from Ewekoro to Lagos, Ibadan Oshogbo and now to Ilorin.
``We are now talking about 2,400 metric tonnes of cement which is equivalent to nearly 80 trailer loads of cement off the Nigerian road being moved from these locations.''
The Managing Director, who dispel the notion that road transporters were sabotaging the development of railways in the country, said rather they were very supportive of the new development.
``It is actually a myth that the road transporters are discouraging efforts to develop railways in Nigeria; they are now very much in support of railway development,'' the European correspondent of the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes him as saying.
He said the Railway Act of 1955 which places the responsibility of running trains in Nigeria solely in the hands of NRC would soon be re-enacted.
Sijuade said an executive bill on Rail safety which will encourage and enable private sector participation in the operations of railway in Nigeria would also soon be sent to the National Assembly.
Earlier, Dr Sunday Popoola, President of the Forum noted that in spite of the immense contributions of Nigerians living in Diaspora to the economic and cultural developments of the country, government was yet to fully understand how best to engage with them in order to maximise their full potentials.