Lagos-Ibadan rail line must be operational before Feb. 2019 — Amaechi

By Giwa SHILE The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has directed the Chinese Civil Engineering Company (CCECC), the contractors handling the Lagos-Ibadan railway, to ensure that the train becomes operational before February 2019. Amaechi said this on Tuesday during the monthly inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in Papalando, Ogun State. He said that the contractors must ensure that the tracks and bridges were completed and the train must make transport sense. “There must be train on the tracks before February. It doesn’t matter when, but there must be…

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FG to employ over 1000 workers for Warri-Itakpe rail corridor

By Meletus EZE Over 1000 workers will be employed for the Warri-Itakpe standard gauge rail corridor, says the Federal Government. The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Mr Fidet Okhiria, in Saturday in Lagos.the “It’s about 320km, about 12 stations and we have to engage people that will maintain the tracks, people that will work in the stations and sell tickets. “Also, technicians that will examine the train. So, we are going to engage close to over 1000 to maintain about 320km track, both junior and senior. “New employees can’t…

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Amaechi reiterates commitment to Lagos-Ibadan rail project

By Giwa SHILE The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has pledged to ensure the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in honour of the late Chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Usman Abubakar. He stated this on Monday in Kaduna during a condolence visit to the family of late Abubakar who died Oct. 11 at the age of 68 after a brief illness in Abuja. Abubakar was appointed Sept. 27, 2016 as the Chairman of NRC board. The minister, during the visit said that the Lagos-Ibadan rail project was…

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Railway: FG plans demolition of parts of Lagos ports to give way for standard, narrow gauges

By Aliyu DANLADI The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that efforts have begun to demolish parts of Lagos Ports terminals to give way for both ongoing construction of standard and narrow gauge rail lines. Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting the five terminals at Lagos Ports at Apapa on Thursday. “We have enjoined the Project Implementation Technical Committee on Lagos-Ibadan Standard gauge to submit a suitable design for the rail lines linking the five major port terminals at Apapa within two weeks,” he said. The minister said that…

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Itakpe-Warri rail begins daily operations Nov. 19

By Meletus EZE The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidel Okhiria, says Itakpe-Warri rail line will begin daily operations on Monday, Nov. 19. Okhiria disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the daily operations would be used to study the timing and traffic pattern for the period of one month, before commercial activities would commenced fully. According to him, the daily test run operation will end on Dec. 19, with inspection by various government officials to see the level of work going on. “By Nov. 19,…

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Amaechi slams pace of work on Lagos-Ibadan rail line

By Aliyu DANLADI The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that he was not impressed with the pace of work at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project. Amaechi expressed his disappointment during the monthly inspection of the project in Ibadan on Tuesday. “There is a slow pace of work in Lagos axis of the project, “The expectations from the sub-contractor appointed for relocation of pipes and all that were not met. “The persons relocating the water pipelines are expected to  finish by November 2 with different…

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Anti-coal protesters chained to rail tracks narrowly missed by train

By Meletus EZE A tragedy was narrowly averted during a protest against coal mining in Germany when a train applied its emergency brakes to avoid two demonstrators who had chained themselves to the tracks. The railcar almost ran over the two demonstrators, but the engine driver managed to bring it to a halt just 10 metres from them, a police spokesperson said on Monday. The driver suffered shock after the incident. Police detained at least 40 people who were taking part in the protest by the train tracks near Hambach…

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NRC to commence one month free train ride from Itakpe to Warri

By Aliyu DANLADI The Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Okhiria, ) has said that the corporation would begin free train ride service from Itakpe to Warri. Okhiria said on Thursday while inspecting the ongoing construction of train terminal at Ujevwu community in Delta, that the free ride will be for one month. According to him, the 202 kilometres train journey will connect many communities and improve social and economic life of the people. “NRC will start free train ride along Agbhor-Itakpe corridor for a month to test…

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More than 50 people killed in Indian train accident

By Aliyu DANLADI More than 50 people were run over by a speeding train in India’s northern state of Punjab on Friday, police said. A large number of people were watching the fireworks during the Hindu religious festival of Dussehra near the railway tracks in Amritsar city when the tragedy took place. “The exact figure is not yet known, but it is definitely more than 50 to 60,” Amritsar Police Commissioner, SS Srivastava, said. “We do not know the circumstances, but many people were crushed by the train.’’ Regional Railways…

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Train kills motorcyclist, passengers at PWD level crossing in Lagos

By Meletus EZE A moving train on Wednesday killed a motorcyclist and his passenger at the PWD level crossing along Ikeja-Oshodi route of the railway line. The Lagos District Manager of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) , Mr Jerry Oche,  confirmed the incident on Wednesday. Oche said the incident, which happened in the morning, involved an Ijoko-Apapa train at the level crossing where the motorcyclist refused to stop for the moving train. “We have warned passersby, motorists and other road users to stay away from railway tracks. Railway track is a…

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