Abuja-Kaduna rail services to resume November- FG

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The Federal Government on Monday said that train services on the Abuja-Kaduna corridor would resume this November.

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The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, made this known to newsmen while presenting President Muhammadu Buhari’s scorecard in the Transportation Ministry from 2015 to 2022 in Abuja.

The services along the route were shut down following a terrorist attack on the train and its passengers on March 28.

This led to the kidnap of passengers and the destruction of trains and rail tracks along the route.

The Federal Government secured the release of the remaining 23 kidnapped hostages in October and promised to resume services on the route after adequate security measures were put in place.

Sambo said: “Like you said, yes, indeed, lessons have been learned. And these lessons will be put into place.

“What are the lessons, safety and security surveillance, constant monitoring 24/7 and 7 days a week, 12 months a year, all around the clock.

“The Minister should be able to sit in his office and look at the rail corridor and see what is happening there.

“The president should be able to do that. The director-general of the State Security Service (SSS) should be able to do that and so on and all other security agencies.

“These are the measures we have put in place. Nobody will again shave our heads behind our backs.

“This month of November, we shall resume that service. Remember, I told you that we will not resume this service until every Nigerian held in captivity was reunited with their families,” he said. (NAN)