‘Vandals steal 50,000 railway clips in one year’ – NRC

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has outlined the biggest battle faced in the outgoing year.

According to Managing Director Fidet Okhiria, vandalism of the railway is the biggest issue.

Okhiria, who stated this while addressing reporters in Lagos, said over 50,000 clips used to stabilize the rail slippers were stolen from the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Train Service (LITS) in the year.

The NRC boss said similar vandalisation had been recorded on the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) and the Itakpe-Warri Train Service (IWTS).

He expressed worry that the vandals returned to vandalise the items even after they had been restored.

Between Mushin and Oshodi alone, over 200 clips were stolen by vandals on the standard gauge two days after they were restored.

Okhiria said the vandals targeted the narrow and the standard gauge systems where rail facilities were stolen by economic saboteurs.

The NRC boss hailed the Federal Government for the free train ride it offered Nigerians as part of the presidential Yuletide palliatives.



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