The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said on Sunday it is perfecting plans to commence the operations of Kano-Lagos express train services soon.
This was released in a tweet released on its official X handle on Sunday afternoon @info_NRC.
BusinessDay understands that the train service would be operated on the narrow-gauge train services for the benefit of the Nigerian masses.
According to the tweet, the NRC is test-running the train after major repairs that have been carried out on the damaged portions of the rail tracks.
“The narrow-gauge train services will be fully back in operation for the benefit of the Nigerian masses and the easy transportation of goods and services in the country,” the NRC said in the tweet.
Obafunso Suleimon, representative of the Railway District Manager, Northwestern District, said after extensive refurbishment and successful test runs that the rail link is poised to reconnect two of Nigeria’s economic powerhouses.
NRC certified the readiness of the Minna-Kaduna-Kano Railway Tracks following the Government’s repair works on the damaged portions, adding that the restoration process was a significant milestone.
“The coaches have been modernised with top-notch facilities aimed at providing comfort and style for travellers. The train’s overnight stay in Minna before proceeding to Lagos was part of the final preparations to assure the safety and reliability of the Minna-Lagos Railway Tracks.
“We are thrilled by the Federal Government’s commitment, as reflected in the efforts of Said Alkali, Minister of Transportation, and Fidet Okheria, managing director of NRC, to reinvigorate the railway system for the benefit of the Nigerian populace,” said Suleiman.
The express train’s return is a testament to the government’s dedication to improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
The Railway Corporation said passengers can expect a luxurious travel experience aboard the 2LL, which has received a full makeover.