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Nigeria Railway revives inter-city passenger service

The Western District Manager of the corporation, Engr. Folorunso Rasheed Gbadamosi told newsmen in Ibadan, while receiving the locomotive at the Dugbe station during a…

The Western District Manager of the corporation, Engr. Folorunso Rasheed Gbadamosi told newsmen in Ibadan, while receiving the locomotive at the Dugbe station during a brief stopover in the Oyo State capital en route Ilorin that that the restored express service would continue to be run on schedule.

He also disclosed that the suspended North-South express rail services would be fully restored within the first quarter of next year on completion of the on-going rehabilitation of Akere Bridge in Niger State.

Gbadamosi, who was visibly elated with the re-launching of the railways inter-city service remarked that the new scheme is being commenced with the Iddo-Ilorin express service and would be run every Friday of the week, while there will also be return journey from Ilorin to Iddo station in Lagos every Sunday.

According to the Western District Manager, the corporation is able to perform the new feat “following the successful handing over, for both freight and passenger services, of the rail track route between Ibadan and Ilorin that has been under rehabilitation for quite some time by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), the contractor handling the project.

“In the light of the handing over, we are commencing Iddo-Ilorin passenger express train today (Friday).  The train which has 90 passengers on each coach of six will be running to schedule every Friday of the week while there will also be return journey fom Ilorin-Iddo in Lagos every Sunday,” he stated.