The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has placed orders for procurement spare parts for rehabilitation of locomotive engines that are awaiting repairs in its fleet.
This announcement made by Lagos District Manager of the Corporation, Jerry Oche, is coming on the heels of complaints made by passengers of Lagos Mass Transit Train service over the frequent unscheduled movement of trains and brake down of few functional Locomotive engines at regular intervals.
According to him, “We have awarded contract for supply of spare parts and as you know spare parts are not what you can buy off the shelve. You place order and wait for it to arrive.
“Once the spare parts arrive I can assure
you that most of the engines awaiting repairs will be fixed and our service will be better.”
Meanwhile, NRC in the second quarter of this year, made 584 trips with its Mass Transit Train service from Ijoko/Kajola to Iddo/Apapa and vice-versa.
Oche stated further that 457,000 passengers and 43 tons of of Luggage/Passage were respectively carried during the period under review.
Regarding Lagos to Kano passenger and goods train service, statistics made available to Leadership shows that 7 passenger trains worked in six months while 3, 092 passengers and 276 tons of goods were conveyed between January and June this year.