The minister of Transportation, Senator Idris Umar dropped this hint on
Wednesday in Ilorin during a train ride from Ilorin to Offa in Kwara
state as part of activities marking the ‘good governance tour’ of the
He said this became necessary in view of the fact that funding of the
rail transportation was enormous, expressing delight that Nigerians
have shown confidence in the railway rehabilitation and revitalization
Umar assured Nigerians that new trains ordered by the federal
government would start to arrive Nigeria as from the first quarter of
2013 while Lagos –Kano railway lines would soon come on stream after
He disclosed that barrier would soon be introduced to all the level
crossing of the railways while improvement would be made on signals
In his remarks, the minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku called
on the media to report developments in the country and dissipate less
energy on reporting politics and controversies, noting that President
Goodluck Jonathan has devoted much effort on railways and power.
He assured Nigerians that after the restoration of the railways, the
federal government would extend its services not only to the eastern
and central flank of the country but new areas too.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Railways, Mr. Sina Sijuade lauded
the federal government for breaking the jinx by making it possible for
the rail transportation to be back on track.