The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that it is not in a hurry to restart railway operations in the country.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, revealed this in a tweet, where he stated that it is important that trains do not become channels of circulation for the deadly coronavirus disease.
The Minister revealed that when operations finally begin, commuters must comply with all health protocols including social distancing, use of face masks, amongst others as planned by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), had in March suspended all passenger services in the country to curb the spread of the virus.
In a tweet via his Twitter handle on Saturday night, Amaechi said, “We’re not in a hurry to start train operations because of the danger of covid 19 spread. When we start, all health and safety protocols must apply. You will not enter a train if you don’t adhere to our rules. The train will not move if passengers do not comply.“
Recall it was reported earlier in the media that the NRC said it has taken delivery of the last dozens of rail coaches ordered by the FGN in March.
NRC said the 40 rail coaches will be deployed in its operations along the Lagos-Ibadan route, the Abuja-Kaduna and the Itakpe-Warri routes.
It also said work has resumed in the construction of the 27km Blue Line of Lagos Rail that will run from Marina to Okokomaiko.
“By June 2022, commuters will be able to move from Marina to Mile 2 by rail,” it added.