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Aba – Port Harcourt Railway Project Completed – NRC

63-kilometre Port Harcourt – Aba railway project. 

Federal Government has announced on Wednesday that it has completed the 63-kilometre Port Harcourt – Aba railway project.

Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria disclosed this while leading a delegation on inspection of the project.

He said the train services would commence in few months as soon as the finishing touches are completed on the tracks.

“We are so anxious to commence operation, therefore, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, directed us to come and inspect the project so that we can plan ahead of the operations.

“We inspected from Port Harcourt to Aba, and we can confirm the main tracks have reached Aba in Abia,” he said.

Okhiria said that the contractors were still installing loop and side lines, so that rail services can start immediately.

“As we speak, you can put a locomotive on the track to Aba, but that will not be good enough for commercial purposes, hence, we are working hard to resume operations.

“We are looking to start operations within months, and we have drawn a timeline. If we don’t start running on the track, it will go bad, and vandals will take possession.

“We are going to meet and work out possible plan; so very soon, Port Harcourt – Aba train services will start,” he added.

According to him, the NRC has finalised plans to renovate its existing wagons to run alongside the new ones being expected.

“Two wagons were awarded consisting of both narrow and standard gauge, but we will not wait for them to arrive, we are starting something soon.

“We plan to start something very soon so that people cannot differentiate between the old functioning ones and the new ones.

“Rolling stock has a lifespan of 30 years, hence, we will make sure that we refurbish them and make them attractive for people to use,” he said.

The managing director also assured the people that the federal government would complete the laying of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail tracks within three years. – NAN

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