Minister orders resumption of Abuja-Kaduna train service two days after ‘bomb’ attack

Two days after a train plying Abuja-Kaduna route was explosively attacked Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi has directed the resumption of train services.

Mr Amaechi gave the directive on Friday after inspecting repairs on the affected track along Rijana and Dutse axis.

This is coming a day after the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) halted the Abuja-Kaduna train services.

“I think what is significant is that the repair was done by our own Nigerian engineers and completed in record time,” the minister said. “By tomorrow (Saturday) we expect to run the first train. That is why I had to come here myself physically to be present here.”

The minister said provisions has been made to secure the rail track pending the deployment of digital systems for Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan train routes.

“The essence of the digital security system is to enable us to know when there is an impact on the rail. It has a sensor, when people walk across the rail we will be able to know.

“We will get the police to be involved so that they will be here before we install the security system,” he added.