Lagos-Ibadan Rail Can Run on Electricity in Future, NRC Official Claims

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The continued Lagos-Ibadan commonplace gauge rail venture could be transformed to electrical practice in future, the Nigerian Railway Company (NRC), has assured Nigerians.

Mr Jerry Oche, the Railway District Supervisor of the Nigerian Railway Company, advised the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the Federal Authorities was critical on delivering the challenge on time as “work is occurring as we converse’’.

He stated that the challenge was not nearly the usual gauge solely.

In accordance with him, the federal government has taken into cognisance, the likelihood for this challenge to be transformed into an electrically pushed practice sooner or later.

“I’m positive most Nigerians are conscious of the Lagos-Ibadan Normal gauge railway undertaking.

“This is likely one of the tasks that authorities of the day has taken very significantly.

“As a matter of reality, it’s a venture funded by China and Nigeria Authorities.

“Nigeria, as of at this time, has paid 100 per cent counterpart funding for that undertaking.

“Each month, we now have challenge assembly chaired by the Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi himself, not consultant.

“The federal government of the day is critical on delivering that undertaking; work is occurring as we converse.

“And naturally, in railway, the usual gauge is the in-thing of the day.

“This specific venture isn't just about the usual gauge, we’ve additionally taken into cognisance, the likelihood for this undertaking to be transformed into an electrically pushed practice sooner or later.

“All of the provisions, all of the land we’ve acquired, we’ve made provision for that risk, in case we get up tomorrow and we are saying hey, we need to convert it to electrical trains.

“However everyone knows why we wouldn’t need to do this now; everyone knows the facility state of affairs within the nation.

But when there's an enchancment, I can guarantee you, we'll change to that (electrical trains),’’ Oche stated. (NAN)

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