By Seun Ibiyemi
The Federal Government has disclosed plans to commence train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line early this November.
The Minister Of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo made this known on Monday while giving the scorecard of his Ministry in Abuja.
He said adequate security has been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers but did not give any specific date for the resumption.
Sambo said the Ministry has learnt enough lessons from the attack in March that led to the suspension of train service on the Abuja-Kaduna route.
The Minister also noted that a system has been put in place that will ensure prompt monitoring of movements on the rail tracks.
According to him, the system would afford President Muhammadu Buhari, concerned Ministries and agencies as well as security agencies the opportunity to see what goes on on the tracks without delays.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.
The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack had attracted international and national outrage.
The terrorists, who attacked the train in Kaduna, released hostages piecemeal with the last release being on October 5, 2022.
Distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.
Sambo had said the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will not resume until all those kidnapped by bandits in March are rescued and reunited with their families.