Goodnews! President Buhari breaks 30 years old record

Nigerians have been bewildered by PDP and APC. The confusion is the blame games both parties place on each on any slight provocation.

Under their fog of arguments, something great has just happened in the commuting of commerce from Northern to Southern Nigeria.

The Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC) just resumed transportation of livestock from the North to south.

Haulage of cattle, goats, sheep and rams was discontinued 30 years ago. The last time cattle was moved from the North to the South was in 1986.

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A 15-coach train left Zamfara State at about 4.00am on Friday morning and arrived Lagos at exactly 3.30pm Saturday.

The journey lasted approximately 36 hours as against the usual three days that it takes to transport the cattle by road.

NRC says haulage will of livestock will continue every week. The initiative is a collaboration between NRC, Connect Rail Service and Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association in Zamfara State.

The move was funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Two days ago, the CBN flagged off the commencement of its National Farm to Market Scheme.

The aim is to provide low cost transport link between agricultural producers and consumers across the country with an initial focus on livestock movement from north to south by rail.

Under the scheme, CBN, in line with its mandate to de-risk and incentivize investment into verified impactful projects across the agricultural value chain, will provide bank guarantees for the financing of critical requirements involved in the movement of the cattle including logistics and equipment.

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Connect Rail Services Ltd, a bulk freight and logistics service provider is the first technical partner on this aspect of the Farm to Market scheme.

The Nigerian Railway Cooperation was virtually moribund for decades until former President Goodluck Jonathan injected funds into it.

However, Minister of Transport, Right Honorable Rotimi Amaechi had flagged off numerous rail services across the country.

Should he take the credit or should it go to GEJ? What about President Buhari under whose watch this is happening?