Abuja-Kadina Rail: FG Mulls Installation of a digital security network


Minister of Transport, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi

Kasim Sumaina

The federal government has hinted that it is about to install the digital security network to let it know when there is an impact on rail tracks following the recent explosion on the Abuja-Kaduna corridor.

The government, through the Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said the explosion has accelerated the process of purchasing a digital security system that will be put in place.

Amaechi, during an inspection at the site of the explosion, said: “The installation request had gone to the cabinet two weeks ago and it has been returned, so we will represent it at the cabinet to make sure we let’s get the approval and then we can install the digital security network. I think what’s important is that the repair was done by our own Nigerian engineers and completed in record time. By tomorrow we plan to run the first train.

According to him, “the essence of the digital security system is to let us know when there is an impact on the rail. It has a sensor, when people walk on the rail, we will be able to know
We will involve the police so that they are here before we install the security system. “

Amaechi, while briefing reporters on the sidelines of his findings, said: Rail bus that will patrol the tracks regularly so that we can see what will happen before the train even takes off, that will be the measure we take until ” that we put in place a digital system. And it will be from start to finish from Abuja-Kaduna and it will be the same for Lagos-Ibadan.

Speaking on the capacity of the needy, the minister said: “I am happy. What this has also done is that it has shown that we actually have the ability to repair our rail, saying that when the Chinese leave we should start the gradual process of building our own railroad.

“You can see the engineer lady, but she may be able to solve this problem, she and her colleagues will be able to do more miles of track laying and possibly track construction and public insurance, which is why j ‘had to come here myself physically to be present here,’ Amaechi said.

Likewise, the general manager of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr. Fidet Okhiria, pleaded for frequent bus operations on the axis.

He noted: “It is better to run more trains because running more trains would not give people the opportunity to tamper / interfere with the tracks, as a train just passed from Abuja to Kaduna in less than 30 minutes. minutes when the blast was executed and planted. And if we have all the trains, people would have to work really hard to be able to plant explosives. I believe when we restart we would start with 8 trips when we come back tomorrow, maybe tomorrow; we can do four trips but on Sunday eight trips because Sunday is a busy day. So tomorrow we make four trips so that we can go from Abuja to Kaduna and balance the train while we work on the locomotive that was hit.


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