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Washout mars Lagos-Kano rail service resumption

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Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has put the scheduled resumption of the Lagos-Kano narrow gauge train service on hold, following a washout at the Osogbo end of the rail track.

The Regional District Manager, Northern District of the NRC, Ismail Adebiyi, had on Sunday disclosed that Lagos-Kano train service will go into operation from Friday, August 13.

The Guardian learnt that due to the recent flood that ravaged Osogbo, capital of Osun state, the train service would be on hold until repair is done. The portion of the track affected by the flood is located at the Power line Area of the state capital. The track links Offa-Ilorin stations en-route Osogbo.

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Lagos District Manager, NRC, Jerry Oche, who confirmed the incident in a telephone conversation with The Guardian, said on the narrow gauge line there is a washout at Osogbo and engineers are working to restore it. It’s a force majeure.

Oche explained: “A washout is a disaster, when you have too much flood on the track and it washes away the formation or foundation. It’s a force majeure, it is not something we prepared for. We are monitoring the situation closely, once the track is ready to go, we will start operations.”

Meanwhile, he hinted that the volume of passengers on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail (SGR) is increasing on a daily basis even as the corporation has opened up stations at Agege in Lagos and Omi Adio in Ibadan for passengers.

He said: “We are doing two return trips now, which is four trips a day and the volume is increasing on a daily basis. Every day, the train leaves twice from Lagos to Ibadan likewise Ibadan to Lagos. The train leaves at 8a.m. in the morning and 4p.m. in the evening.”

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