The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has placed order for procurement of spare parts for the rehabilitation of locomotive engines that are awaiting repairs in its fleet.
This announcement made by Lagos District Manager of the Corporation, Jerry Oche, came on the heel 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 luggage/passage were respectively carried during the period under review. Regarding Lagos to Kano passenger and goods train service, statistics showed that seven passenger trains worked in six months while 3, 092 passengers and 276 tons of goods were conveyed between January and June this year.