The Federal Government on Wednesday disclosed that the laying of tracks on the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway project will be completed within three years.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria, revealed this while inspecting the completed tracks laying project on the Port Harcourt-Aba portion of the Port Harcourt- Maiduguri rail.
The NRC boss further disclosed that train services would commence on the completed section of the Port Harcourt-Aba section of the eastern narrow gauge in a few months, once the installation of the loop and side lines is complete.
He said: “As we speak, you can put a locomotive on the track to Aba, but that will not be good enough for commercial purposes, hence, we are working hard to resume operations.
“We are looking to start operations within months, and we have drawn a timeline. If we don’t start running on the track, it will go bad, and vandals will take possession.
“We are going to meet and work out a possible plan; so very soon, Port Harcourt-Aba train services will start.”
Furthermore, Okhiria disclosed that the NRC would renovate existing wagons to run alongside the expected new rolling stocks.