It was on January 4th, 2018, when the Nigerian leader inaugurated 10 additional coaches and two locomotive engines for the country’s first completed Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) modernization project assisted by China.
The Nigerian government is enthusiastically pursuing rail development in the country to link all major commercial and production centers by rail for rapid social economic development and national integration.
Nigeria is moving forward to more efficient narrow gauge lines to be driven by the private sector.
It is on the basis of this that Nigeria is creating a more conducive environment for private sector participation.
The coaches and locomotive engines were provided by Chinese construction firm China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The Abuja-Kaduna rail line was a major achievement in Nigeria’s rail transport development because it has met the needs of the masses.
It is also learnt that it was part of the president’s administration mandate to revive the rail sector.
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) service was open for commercial operation on July 28, 2016, to provide the much-needed alternative transport link between the nation’s capital city and Kaduna, a corridor of growing labor force which has a huge potential for industries and agricultural activities.
Earlier, Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of transportation, alleged the 10 coaches and two locomotive engines would resolve the high demand of passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train service.
According to Amaechi, the train was carrying 1,280 passengers on a round trip daily but the addition of these new coaches would help improve the service even better.
What is your take on the different Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Projects in the different nations of the different regions of Africa? What are the SGR impacts towards the African Mobility future?
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