By John Ikani
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced that it has postponed the resumption of the Lagos –Kano rail service which was scheduled to resume on the 13th of August, citing a damaged rail track on its route.
The corporation had announced earlier that the service would resume operations after it was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Fidet Okhiria, NRC Managing Director, in a statement on Thursday, announced that the damage to the rail track was caused by a downpour around Power Line, Osogbo, Osun state capital, during the week.
The statement said a team of experts from NRC had mobilised to the site and was working round the clock to restore the damaged track.
It added that a new date for resumption of the Lagos-Kano train service would be announced soon.
Okhiria regretted any inconvenience the postponement would cause for passengers and customers.
What you should know
Last year, the federal government resumed passenger train services with strict implementation and compliance to COVID-19 protocols, such as the use of face masks and hand sanitisers.
Ismail Adebiyi, NRC Northern District Regional Manager, had said the train would operate once a week — to leave Lagos on Friday evening and arrive in Kano on Sunday morning.