The Nigerian Government just launched the Lagos- Kano passenger train service. The service was launched by the Minister for Transport, Sen. Idris Umar who said during the event that the administration is committed to revamping Nigeria’s transport sector.
The Lagos-Kano train service will compliment the existing Lagos-Ilorin and Minna-Kano intercity train services.
According to Umar, “This segment holds the key to the development of the economy of the nation from the commercial port city of Lagos to the commercial hub of northern Nigeria in Kano. This is vital to the start-off of the transformation of the Nigerian economy.”
Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Adeseyi Sijuwade weighed in saying, “Today, we celebrate a successful completion of track and signalling rehabilitation of the Western Rail Line and the re-commencement of passenger and freight rail services on the Lagos-Kano corridor.”
He urged the Nigerian government to adequately fund the service especially its maintenance and day to day operations to ensure that the railway lines do not dilapidate as was the case in the past.