Federal Government to begin Lagos- Kano rail freight..

    The Federal Government is set to initiate freight rail operations between Lagos and Kano. The Minister of Transportation, Sen. Sa’idu Alkali, announced this during his visit to the Kajola Wagon Assembly Plant in Ogun on Tuesday. The commencement of operations is expected within the next three months.

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    Sen. Sa’idu Alkali mentioned that the Lagos-Ibadan rail service would utilize the standard gauge for transporting cargo, with the operation beginning from Apapa and extending to Kano within the specified three-month timeframe. He added that discussions have resumed with the Shipping Council regarding freight pricing.

    The Minister pointed out that the Federal Government had already repaired the narrow gauge railway between Lagos and Kano. To facilitate the movement of containers from Apapa to Kano, locomotives and wagons will be acquired.

    He stated, “After the containers are transported from Lagos, we will utilize the narrow gauge to convey them to Kano.”

    Furthermore, Sen. Sa’idu Alkali instructed the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, to ensure the cleanliness of the train coaches to enhance patronage of the railway system. He also called for the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, which serves as the port regulator, and the former Minister of Transportation to establish a ministerial committee led by the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation to investigate freight charges.

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