The Federal Government says it plans to deploy technology-driven surveillance facilities to secure and monitor rail tracks in real-time and may consider a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement. It also disclosed the approval of a contract valued at N1.49 billion for the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to repair its deteriorating cranes.
Mu’azu Sambo, Honourable Minister of Transportation, told State House correspondents on Wednesday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Security and safety along the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor and elsewhere, remain a matter of concern to the FG.
The minister said resuming the Abuja-Kaduna train service would be insensitive as “some families weep day and night over their family members” who are still in captivity.
To address these issues, Sambo assured that the FG is planning to deploy technology-driven real-time surveillance of the train system facilities to monitor and keep the tracks safe, but did not commit to a take-off timeline for the initiative.
He is certain to report some ‘definite progress in about a month’