Rain cuts off North-South rail line

Fidet-Edetanlen-Okhiria, MD NRC

BY FIDELIS UGBOMEH, Lagos
The heavy rain down pour of Sunday the 11th of June has cut off the rail line that links the North and South of Nigeria at Ndafun in Niger State and in the two weeks of repair works Nigeria Railway Corporation will lose about 50million Naira following suspension of passenger and freight train services between Mokwa and Jebba
This revelation was made by the Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation Engr Fidet Okhiria who explained that about 300 meters of rail tracks were damaged by the rain thus halting the North-South locomotive service. He also said that the rail damage could also have been caused by an avanlanche of water released from Kanji Dam.
The Managing Director who made this known at a press briefing held at the Corporation’s Headquarters in Lagos explained further that apart from the washout of rail tracks on ground, it affected a railway bridge at Ndafor which links Mokwa and Jebba.
According to Engr. Okhiria, officials of the Corporation as well as materials such as Lump Stones, Laterite and Gabion Crates have been mobilized to site adding that a temporary bridge will be launched within the next two weeks to ensure that trains linking Mokwa and Jebba commence operations.
The NRC boss explained further that the Lump Stones will be used to fill the void before pouring Laterite so as to reinforce the ground before laying the tracks. He however, assured customers that train services between Lagos and Jebba as well as Kano to Mokwa will not be affected by the suspension he pointed out that the temporary bridge will be put in place at Ndafor pending the construction of a permanent bridge in the nearest future.
He posited that washout is a natural occurence that is peculiar to the raining season noting that between the months of May and September which fall within the rainy season experienced track men from the Civil Engineering Department are usually deployed to conduct regular inspection of tracks so as the identify faulty tracks and repair same to forestal any accident.
On the recent accident involving two Lagos Mass transit Trains at Ebute Metta Junction and Mushin Railway Stations , the Managing Director said that investigation into the causes of the two accidents has commenced and that staff found wanting will be discplined in line with rules and regulations of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

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