The Nigeria Railway Corporation is set to commence night operations before the second quarter of 2024, as revealed by Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.
Okhiria said, “What is limiting us is the night operations, and that is not the way trains should operate. The train is meant to operate at all times. People may like to travel in the evening, but because of the security situation in the country, we limit ourselves to the daytime.
“We intend to bring back passenger and freight trains from Port-Harcourt to Aba, Lagos to Kano, and Kaduna because of the dry ports.”
As per the Director-General of NRC, this implies the corporation will initiate six daily train trips using the standard gauge train system universally.
He added, “We are going to increase the number of train trips to six on Lagos-Ibadan, Warri-Itakpe, and Abuja-Kaduna, which means the trips will be three times to and three times fro, making six trips in a day.
“The trips will commence before the second quarter of 2024. Right now, they are running four trips—two up and two down across the board.”