The repair of the rail track bombed by terrorists who attacked and kidnapped passengers onboard the ill-fated Kaduna-Abuja train weeks ago has been completed, the federal government has confirmed.
Engr. Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) made the announcement in a statement released on Thursday May 5.
Okhiria said the “the Abuja – Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) will resume soon with additional security measures put in place”, and when the trains resume, “passengers will be required to provide their NIN registration for verification prior to purchasing train tickets. This is for improved Passenger profiling and safety on-board.”
The Statement Added;
“The connection of the AKTS line has been achieved. This implies that the major track components (Concrete Sleepers and Rails) have been completely laid. The south end of the tracks (which was destroyed by the explosion) has been successfully joined with the north end. Track access between Abuja and Kaduna is now restored.
“The Technical Team continue with other track stablization works including Ballasting, Temping, Fastening of accessories (clips, bolts and nuts) and Welding.
“Loco 2502 which was involved in the accident (though not damaged) and trapped at the Rigasa end due to lack of route access has now crossed to the Idu end and taken to the Workshop for proper examination and routine maintenance.”