Nigerian Railway Corporation loses 150,000 Railings to vandals in 2 years


The Managing Director, Nigerian Railways Corporation [NRC], Mr Fidet Okhiria has called for public assistance to secure the country’s railings.

The call for public assistance to secure the railings became imperative based on the constant vandalisatiib of the rail lines across the country.

Okhiria made this known during the end-of-year media briefing in Lagos State on Thursday, 28 December 2023.

Okhiria stated that between 2022 and 2023 over 50,000 clips each had been vandalised between Lagos – Ibadan, Warri – Itakpe and Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge tracks.

He added that the corporation had been actively engaging in constant sensitisation exercises with communities where vandalism had occurred to make them understand the serious implications of such acts on the growth of rail networking in the country.

“The only issue we have now is vandalism of the tracks, which is a big problem. When we replace the tracks, they will come back and vandalise the track again.

“Just before the Christmas, the hoodlums vandalised over 200 clips between Mushin -Oshodi area and we had to replace them three days after the vandalism,” Okhiria said.

“We are looking for a way to protect the clips, we will also continue to discuss it at the management meeting where we will have to engage a special person to guide our position,” Okhiria added.

The managing director pointed out that despite constant efforts to prevent vandalism, the corporation still experienced incidents of clips being vandalised from time to time.

He, therefore, suggested that the only solution to stop this recurring issue was to increase train surveillance and occupy the trains on a daily basis.

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