The federal government through the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said 20 new coaches would arrive Nigeria for the Abuja-Kaduna and the Lagos-Ibadan rail lines in the next six weeks.
The minister said this while speaking with journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Sunday on his arrival from China.
The minister through a press statement issued on Monday said he visited China, where he took delivery of some new trains, to get more locomotives and coaches.
“They’re all ready. It will take six weeks to get to Nigeria and maybe one week to clear them,” the minister said.
“For the Lagos trains, it will be easy; it will take a day or two to get it to the track. But for the trains coming to Abuja, it will take one week or two to get it here.
“To my surprise, the coaches we released two or three weeks ago to go to Kaduna arrived just within two days. So, we hope that when these trains arrive Lagos seaport, we should be able to get them fast,” he said.
Out of the 20 coaches, the minister said 10 will be for the Abuja-Kaduna rail lines and the remaining 10 for the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.