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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has appealed to Nigerians following the breakdown on the Abuja-Kaduna rail locomotives which happened between November 18 and 20.
The minister made the appeal during the routine inspection of the ongoing rail project at Moniya rail station, Ibadan on Monday.
Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.
“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.
“If this is happening now, then they should bring back our old locomotives, it will just affect turnaround times because we get the new locomotive to increase the turnaround time.”
He also called on the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to increase the pace of the work as the Covid-19 pandemic is no longer an excuse.
Amaechi commended the CCECC but stated that they need to increase their pace to enable the ministry to deliver the project on schedule.