The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) yesterday said it would commence the transportation of containers from APM Terminals at Apapa Port to container depots in Kaduna and Kano in August in order to decongest the roads of container-laden trailers.
The Head, Public Relations Unit of NRC, David Ndakotsu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the “decision which was in furtherance of the corporation’s public-private partnership’’, had already attracted partnership between the Agency and one company (name withheld) for the weekly haulage of its bran and wheat flour from Lagos to Kaduna – under the programme.
“As from August, we will start the haulage of containers from APM Terminals in Apapa Port to the container depots of Inland Container Nigeria Ltd in Kaduna and Kano States.
“The initiative is in furtherance of the corporation’s public-private partnership’’, he said.
Ndakotsu said: “About 436 tonnes of the products are expected to be freighted weekly from Apapa to Kaduna. The service will commence before the end of July’’.
He told NAN that the third weekly Lagos-Kano passenger train service which would depart Lagos at 11.00 a.m. every Thursday with arrival time of 5.00 p.m. in Kano the following day, would also increase the number of Passengers to be moved on the route from 3,500 to 5,500.
“It is anticipated that the third weekly train service will help to decongest existing services and avail passengers more comfortable and pleasant trips,’’ Ndakotsu added.
Meanwhile NAN reported that the first weekly Lagos-Kano passenger train service, which was inaugurated on December 21, 2012, departs Lagos at noon every Friday, while the second weekly train service, which departs Lagos at 9.00 a.m. on Tuesdays, terminates at Ilorin, Kwara, with a connecting train from Offa to Kano.