NRC releases figure for number of passengers on Abuja-Kaduna train in three weeks

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Roadside vendors sell drinks to passengers onboard Lagos-Kano route train at Minna Station in Niger State on February 8, 2013. The rejuvenated Nigerian Railway Corporation has resumed passenger and haulage services on the Lagos-Kano route following the refurbishing of engines and coaches over 20 years the corporation had gone bankrupt. Earlier last year, the corporation had acquired 20 pressurised tank wagons in preparation for the haulage of petroleum products from Lagos to northern parts of the country. The 20 wagons have the capacity to lift 900,000 litres of petroleum products, the equivalent of 27 road tankers. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Nigerian Railway Corporation says passengers plying Abuja to Kaduna by rail have increased tremendously due to the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for repair works.
Victor Aduma, the rail service operations manager, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Aduma said about 18,794 passengers used the rail service in the last three weeks.
According to him, a total of 2,822 passengers joined the service on a free-ride to the Kaduna Airport while 15,972 passengers went on normal trip since March 8.
He said: “We started Kaduna Airport free service on March 8.
“The volume of passengers has been high.
“The aim is to ease the pain on passengers connecting their flight at Kaduna pending when the repair works at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is over.”
Aduma said the ride had been hitch-free except for the urgent need of more coaches.
According to him, the volume of passengers has outgrown the four coaches on ground.

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