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Senate Seeks More Coaches For Abuja-Kaduna Railway



The Senate yesterday urged the federal government to deploy more coaches to the Abuja-Kaduna railway to ameliorate the plight of the passengers, who out of fear of kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other form of criminalities have resorted to the use of train instead of vehicles.

The Senate, which urged the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to increase frequency of trips, also urged the corporation to study the transport fare system before reducing or increasing the rail fare.

But in apparent fear that nothing may likely be done at the moment to address the security challenges in the country, some of the senators expressed concern that something concrete should be done urgently to make the rail system work effectively, as some of the roads in the country are becoming too dangerous for commuters.

The resolution of the Senate was sequel to a motion titled “Urgent need to increase the number of Coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line,” sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South).

Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker noted that most passengers en-route Abuja-Kaduna have turned to the railway as a safer means of transportation, adding that the surge in the patronage of the rail services is attributed to its safety, comfort, convenience and perhaps affordability.

In his contribution, Senator Shehu Sani noted that the Abuja-Kaduna railway has become the oxygen and lifeline of the people, adding that the Abuja-Kaduna road has become one of the most dangerous roads in the country.

Senator James Manager, disagreed with the submission that Abuja-Kaduna road is one of the most dangerous roads in the country. He emphatically said that the road is the most dangerous in the country, adding that only those who want to commit suicide can use the road at the moment.

Senator Ibn Na’alla said that increasing the number of coaches is not the solution, but increasing the frequency of trips. He asked if Abuja-Kaduna should be abandoned because of security challenges.

The Senate Committee chairman on Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, revealed that federal government has paid for 64 coaches, but lamented that the Chinese company building the coaches is only ready with 12 coaches that would be delivered in the next eight weeks.



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