Nigeria’s Rail Transport Revolution and the Challenges Ahead By Olisemeka Obeche
After more than 50 years of neglect, the federal government seems to have realised the importance of efficient rail transport system in solving the country’s transportation and economic problems. And having committed hundreds of billion of naira into revitalizing the hitherto comatose industry, the government feels it is time Nigerians enjoy rail transport again. But it appears the challenges of providing efficient rail transport system in Nigeria transcend the euphoria of putting the trains back on track. OLISEMEKA OBECHE examines the prospects and the challenges.
President Goodluck Jonathan was obviously in ecstatic mood recently when he, among other top government officials, rode in one of the new locomotives owned by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) from Lagos to Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Apparently, the joy of reopening a relatively moribund rail system, a feat that even former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration failed to accomplish after spending billions of dollars on it…
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