The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Idiris Umar disclosed this while speaking at a ceremony to commission twenty pressurized oil tank wagons acquired by the Nigeria Railway Corporation, in Lagos.
He said that, “The Federal Executive Council has since approved an addendum for all the loop lines and sidings including links to the oil depots in Apapa. In addition, an addendum has also been approved for the upgrade of Signaling and Telecommunication system from Lagos to Kano.”
He noted that the acquisition of the oil tank wagons was a step in the right direction as it demonstrates Nigeria Railway’s commitment to giving quality and value-added service to the Oil and Gas sub sector.
According to him, “Following the rehabilitation of the Western Line: Lagos – Kano, the necessity to acquire various categories of rolling stock became more imperative. Therefore the procurement of these pressurised Oil Tank Wagons will help ease traffic congestion, reduce accident and wear and tear of our roads. Upon commissioning these 20 Tank Wagons, we will invariably be taking out about 30 Oil Tankers per trip off our roads,” adding that, order has been placed for the manufacture of two additional locomotives, two power cars and five additional 68-seater Air-conditioned Passenger Coaches to be delivered in 2014.
Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Engr. Adeseyi Sijuade said, “The procurement contract for the tank wagons comprises the manufacture and delivery of the tank wagons together with spare parts, and one year’s worth of consumables. It also includes testing· and commissioning on delivery, and training of NRC engineers in utilization and maintenance for the purpose of providing haulage services to oil marketers.”