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New Set of Trains Arrives Nigeria To Enhance Rail Transportation

by Mustapha Olamide
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It is gathered on the official twitter account of the Special Assistant to President M. Buhari on Digital and New Media, Mr Tolu Ogunlesi that new set of imported trains had landed in Nigeria at Apapa.

It could be noted that a report had been in circulation this days on the plan of President Muhammadu Buhari to establish and enhance effectiveness in the rail transportation in the country.

A tweet from Tolu Ogunlesi reads: “Since Q4 2019 a stream of brand new trains berthing at Apapa Port. A mix: the stylish one in the photos is an Electric Multiple Unit, EMU (for Abuja Light Rail), while the heavier ones are 160km/hr (design speed) diesel locomotives for the long-distance lines – Lag-Ib, Abuja-Kad.”

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“The locomotives are the engines. They are different from the passenger coaches – which conventionally seat 88 persons (Economy class config) & (from all the versions I’ve seen/ridden so far) all come AC-pumping, & with electric charging ports. Nicer than most American trains lol!”

This recent development had brought about different comments from the twitter users. Some of the comments are

“This is good to hear. Kudos to the govt and other stakeholders. Is there a plan to incorporate Nigerian engineers towards maintenance and further development of such machinery as this?” @JudeAkhabue

“E be like my next trip from lagos to abj go be by train ooo, boss pls I will disturb u for schedule, never boarded a train in my life” @chukwunemerem28

“I hope high speed of say (250- 350 kph) light coaches will soon join the fray. Even if it’s only this railway revamping thts achieved in 8yrs, i would be contented. Other spheres are being revamped too. I’m glad I voted PMB in 2003,2011,2015 ń 2019” @elcream

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