Federal Government has commenced the installation of closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) on the Abuja –Kaduna train coaches, which followed the postponement of resumption of the rail service.
The train service, which was supposed to resume on Monday, 28 of November 2022 as earlier announced by the minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo was postponed to Monday 5th December 2022
Mu’azu Sambo, while inspecting the train, disclosed that additional security officers would be deployed to protect the train facilities, adding that some of the personal may not be on uniforms, In other to ensure the safety of passengers.
He further assured that passengers’ safety would be guaranteed as safety equipment have been installed.
“The other thing is that, for every journey, the train is monitored every second and the train driver can see up to a certain distance,”
“If there are any threats on the track that would enable him to march the break before getting to the perceived threat.”
Also the number of trips on the corridor would be reduced, according to Sambo, but that as the traveling population grows, the number of trips will increase.
On transportation charges, he stated that discussions were underway because fares could be raised.
“My assurance to Nigerians is that even I will be using the train, and other of my counterparts who have homes in Kaduna,” Sambo added.
“In fact, from next week they will start using this train so I am giving Nigerians full assurance that a human being can give that this train is safe for them to use.
“There is absolutely nothing to fear. We have learned from what has happened and life is about learning lessons and adopting measures with the lessons.”
Story: Rita Adamu