By Ismail Auwal
The Federal Government has announced that the Abuja-Kaduna train service will resume on May 23, 2022.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said in a statement signed by the spokesperson, Yakubu Mahmood, that the decision to resume services does not mean that efforts to secure the safe release of those abducted will be put on hold.
In the statement, the NRC said additional security measures are being put in place to beef up security at the train stations and along the track.
“These measures are not only for the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) but also for all the passenger train services especially on the standard gauge railway lines,” the statement said.
“Consequently, the passengers are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the NRC in order to enjoin improved service delivery, safety and comfort by patiently complying with additional measures that will surely be introduced for the safety of our passengers, such as requesting for passengers National Identification Numbers (NIN) as part of our internal security check,” the statement added.
The NRC said customers must present a valid Photo Identification Card (ID) and a reachable telephone number of Next of Kin (NOK) or close relative before boarding a train.
Online and offline purchases of tickets must contain the passenger’s individual profile or identification data, the NRC said.
Train services on the route had been suspended after terrorists attacked a train, and fatally shot several people as well as kidnapping scores of passengers in March this year.
The majority of those kidnapped are still being held captive.