Train shutdown: NRC sympathises with commutters

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has expressed it sympathy towards train commuters for the unease they face because of daily operations of train services on the existing narrow gauge from Ijoko in Ogun to Ebute Meta-Apapa in Lagos.

Recall that the NRC suspended the daily operations of train services in the axis on Sept. 30.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, had on Sept. 23, announced November as deadline for the trial services on the about-to-be- completed Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

Speaking to NAN, The Lagos District Manager of NRC, Mr Jerry Oche said the corporation is concerned about the difficulties many commuters were going through since the shutdown, urging them to be patient.

He disclosed that the shutdown would last till middle of November, disclosed that NRC management was working with the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) to deliver the project as projected.

According to him, “Words cannot express how I feel about what the commuters are going through. Don’t forget, I always say that it is not much about how much we make, but the services we render to the majority of people.

“We bring succour and alleviate the suffering of thousands of Lagos residents. Now that we have shut down, I know a lot of people are having difficulties.

“But we are, however, working with the Chinese contractor to see that the project is fixed within the set time. We should achieve what we wanted to achieve within the set time,’’ Oche said.

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