Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the Federal Government is not in a hurry to restart railway operations in the country.
He stated it is important that trains do not become a channel for the circulation of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
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The minister has directed that when operations starts finally, commuters must comply with all health protocols including the use of face masks and social distancing, as instructed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
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The Nigeria Railway Corperation has said it has taken delivery of the last dozens of rail coaches as ordered by the FG in March ,and all 40 rail coaches will be ready for operations along the Abuja-Kaduna, the Itakpe-Warri routes, and the Lagos-Ibadan route.
It also affirmed that work has resumed in the construction of the 27km Blue Line of Lagos Rail that will run from Marina to Okokomaiko stating that by June 2022, commuters will be a to move from Marina to Mile 2 by rail.
Recall that the Nigerian Railway Corporation put a halt to all passenger services in March across the country, in a bid to curtail the further spread of the lethal virus.