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NRC to test run Lagos-Abeokuta rail line early February

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…As Police confirms 4 dead, 6 injured in auto crash in Jigawa***

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says, it will test run the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge line early February.

Mr Fidet Okhiria, the NRC Managing Director, who disclosed this on Wednesday at Ijoko in Ogun, while inspecting the project, added that work on the tracks is moving towards Lagos with 1.5 kilometers being laid daily.

“They have done a lot in laying of tracks between Abeokuta, Itori, Papalanto, Kajola, Ijoko towards Lagos corridor.

“Within seven days the track laying will reach Iju towards Agege corridor of Lagos state.

“From here to Iju is 10 kilometers, and we are laying 1.5 kilometers on daily basis and by the first week of February we will do a test run to Abeokuta from Lagos.

“All the formations have been put in place to expedite the tracks laying,” he said.

The managing director said work had been completed between Kajola and Abeokuta.

Mr Jerry Oche, the NRC Lagos District Manager said that when completed, the trains would be travelling at 150 kilometers per hour.

“With the new standard gauge, you can reside in Ibadan and be working in Lagos which is a very good development to people and for our economy,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, had said in 2018 that the completion of Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge would also ease off the Apapa gridlock.

Amaechi said: “As you can see, the narrow gauge is existing but it’s not efficient, but the moment we fix this project, then those goods will be transferred to the rail and the lock jam will disappear on the road. 

In the meantime, the Police in Jigawa State on Wednesday said four persons, including two females, died in two different auto crashes involving All Progressives Congress campaign vehicles in Jahun and Guri Local Government Areas of the state.

Police Spokesman in the state, Abdu Jinjir, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse that one of the accidents occurred on January 21 at about 5:30pm, when a driver of a campaign vehicle with registration number MMR 364 AA (Golf 3), lost control along Guri-Hadejia road and hit six children.

He explained that the vehicle was conveying party supporters to the venue of the rally organized to flag-off the re-election campaign of Governor Badaru in Guri.

The spokesman added that three of the children, Maryam Adamu aged four, Habibu Yusif aged nine,and Aminu Abdullahi aged 10, died on the spot, while the remaining three were critically injured.

Jinjiri said that the driver of the vehicle was arrested by the police as an investigation into the case has commenced.

He further told NAN that the second accident occurred on January 22 at about 8:15pm, along Jahun to Kiyawa road, when the governor’s campaign team was returning Gumel.

“On January 22 at about 2015hrs, there was a fatal accident along Jahun to Kiyawa road, involving a Ford (Focus) vehicle driven by one Abubakar Ibrahim, aged 35.

“The vehicle, coming from Gumel and heading to Birninkudu, was conveying four female passengers.

“On reaching Yar Jigawa village mine, the driver suddenly sighted a camel crossing the highway and lost control of his vehicle while trying to avoid hitting the camel.

“The vehicle somersaulted and, resulting in the passengers sustaining serious injuries.

“Policemen immediately visited the scene and took the victims to the hospital for treatment,” Jinjiri said.

According to him, one Aisha Tahir aged 40 of Birninkudu town died while receiving treatment at the hospital.

He added that the surviving victims, including the driver, were later referred to the Federal Medical Centre,  Birninkudu, for medical attention.

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