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Abuja-Kaduna Train Route:  Why We Can’t Resume Operations Now, Says FG

The federal government on Wednesday stated that it cannot recommence the operations of Abuja-Kaduna train services for now because it will be insensitive to the plight of families whose loved ones are still in captivity.

The Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo told state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house.

The transport minister who was addressing questions on the suspension of the service following the March 2022 train attack, noted that the government is still investigating the right type of surveillance equipment to procure in order to effectively monitor the tracks along the Abuja Kaduna route, as well as concessioning it in a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

“For goodness sake, wouldn’t it be insensitive of us to resume these services even if security surveillance was in place, as long as some citizens of this country spend days and nights weeping over their loved ones that are held in the bush?” he asked.

Wary about the huge cost involved, the Minister tentatively gives one month within which it will report back progress made in this respect.

Meanwhile, the Federal executive council approved N1.49 billion for the repair works to be carried out at the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

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