See what has become of the railway PMB just commissioned

The Abuja-Kaduna railway service started operations two weeks ago.

The $1.46 billion dollars railway project went into full operations after President Buhari commissioned it.

According to the Acting Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Fidet Ikhiria, “We have capacity for 320 passengers per trip.

“But for now, the maximum we can carry per trip is 320.

“So, for a day, the maximum number of passengers we can have is 1000,” he said.

According to the managing director, the coaches are overwhelmed by the number of people coming on board.

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“Some passengers with economy class tickets are coming to sit on the first class coach because the economy class is filled up.

“We are going to do more enlightenment on this at the station and communities levels.”

Reacting to the speed at which the train traveled, Ikhira said “The slow speed of the train is to avoid accidents.

“The train travels at 90km/h. Initially it was 70 km/h.

“Our target is to make it get to 150 km/h in due course.

“This is because people living close to the tracks have yet to get used to the movement of train.

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Okhiria also said efforts were being made to beef up security at the stations and on board the train.

“By next week, our scanners will be in place.

“I am also discussing with Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to deploy more men.

“We have armed policemen on board and some security personnel without uniform,” he said.

The MD further noted that the railway transport had so far made about N5 million naira income within the first two weeks of operation.

“In the first week of operation, we made N2.2 million; in the second week, we made N2.9 million.

“This is the third week of operation; the last week report showed that we had almost 5,000 passengers in six days,” Ikhira said.

Passengers who boarded the train urged NRC to provide internet facility and food aboard the trains.