The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will on Friday resume the Lagos-Kano express train service which was suspended a month ago, Daily Trust can report.
It would be recalled that the service which is well subscribed, especially by traders from the northern part of the country, was suspended following torrential rainfall which washed away rail line across the country.
All states on the rail line including Oyo, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto, among others were affected by the heavy downpour.
“Following the rainfalls, the rail lines across the country were virtually washed away which made it difficult for trains to operate. This is why the NRC suspended the operations to put the line in order”, a source said.
It was learnt that the decision to resume the operations was reached today by the NRC management.
Director of Operations of the NRC, Mr. Niyi Ali confirmed the planned resumption of the service to our correspondent.
He said the NRC team of engineers were immediately deployed to the affected locations since the rain started and they have been able to restore the line.
“Normal services will resume on the line this Friday”, he said.
Daily Trust reports that the Lagos-Kano express train, operating on the existing narrow gauge line, leaves Lagos on Fridays and returns on Mondays.