Fri. May 20th, 2022

NRC Has Restored Track Access Between Abuja-Kaduna

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has said work done on the bombed section of Abuja-Kaduna railway track has been completely restored.

In it routine press release, signed by Niyi Alli, on behalf of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, said the connection of the AKTS line has been achieved, adding that this implies that the major track components—Concrete Sleepers and Rails—have been completely laid.

According to him, “The Technical Team continued with other track stabilization works including Ballasting, Temping, Fastening of accessories (clips, bolts and nuts) and Welding. Loco 2502 which was involved in the accident (though not damaged) and trapped at the Rigasa end due to lack of route access has now crossed to the Idu end and taken to the Workshop for proper examination and routine maintenance.

“As we have mentioned in our earlier releases, the Abuja – Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) will resume soon with additional security measures put in place.

Passengers will be required to provide their NIN registration for verification prior to purchasing train tickets. This is for improved Passenger profiling and safety on-board.

“The Corporation is committed to the safety of all our Passengers and Staff on board the ill-fated Ak9 train service. We will continue to collaborate with security agencies to ensure all persons being held are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families, soonest.

“We continue to pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate attack. We also pray that Almighty God continues to grant the families of those who lost loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We equally pray for the full recovery of those injured in the ill-fated AK9 train service of 28th March, 2022.

“In compliance with Mr. President’s directive, we encourage anyone still looking for a loved one or for update to please contact the following numbers in our situation room:Mrs. Lola 08023310145 and Mr. Mahmood 07038356015”, the statement noted.

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The NRC further expressed its profound gratitude to the security agencies for the continued support, especially for the security cover available to its officials and staff at the incident site, adding that the Corporation will continue to update the general public of the latest developments.

Recall that terrorists on the 28th of March 2022, bombed the Abuja-Kaduna railway and abducted unspecified number of passengers with eight person’s reportedly killed.

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