The Nigerian Railway Corporation on Friday commenced operation of mass transit on the Lagos-Kano route. The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar inaugurated the trains and rode with Kano-bound passengers. The Corporation also commenced the haulage of petroleum products from Lagos to the Northern part of the country. More than 30 tankers of diesel was lifted from Ebutte Metta to Kaduna.
Earlier in the year, the Railway Corporation had acquired 20 pressurised tank wagons at the cost of about N600m as it prepared for the commencement of fuel haulage. The 20 wagons have the capacity to lift 900,000 litres of petroleum products, the equivalent of 27 road tankers.
The Lagos-Kano mass transit train left Ebute Meta on Friday and is expected to arrive at the Kano station on Saturday morning.
The train will stop at major stations such as Abeokuta,Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Minna and Kaduna before it finally arrives its Kano terminal destination on Saturday morning.