The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed the reason why it has not resume train services in the country.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated in a tweet on the microblogging site during the weekend that the ministry is not in a haste to resume passenger train operations due to the current development in the country.
According to the former Rivers State governor, the train services remain suspended until the Coronavirus disease subsides in the interest of its passengers and as well to avoid further spread of the killer virus in the country.
Amaechi further notes that when the services finally reopen, passengers must be made to adhere strictly to all COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by the health agencies to contain the spread of the novel virus.
Naija News recalls that the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), in March 2020 terminated all passenger train services in Nigeria due to the ravaging COVID-19 outbreak. The NRC Deputy Director for Public Relations, Mr Yakub Mahmood, who made this known via a press release/statement noting that passengers who wish to continue enjoying the train services will have to provide their addresses and names at every point of entry.
However, speaking on the possibility of resuming the services, Amaechi tweeted, “We’re not in a hurry to start train operations because of the danger of COVID-19 spread. When we start, all health and safety protocols must apply.”
He added, “You will not enter a train if you don’t adhere to our rules. The train will not move if passengers do not comply.”
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