UPDATED! NRC Stops All Passenger Train Services Due to Coronavirus

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By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News

The Board and Management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has stopped all train operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This directive which is supposed to take effect from Monday, 23, 2020 involves all the train services including Abuja-Kaduna line.

Confirming this to The Sight News, the NRC Deputy Director, Public Relations, Yakub Mahmood, noted that “All services including the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will be suspended come Monday”.

According to a statement by Mahmood on Saturday, “The Board and Management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation NRC have decided to stop all passenger trains’ operations as from Monday, 23, March 2020.

“This is in view of the report of the already known Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Further information on passenger train services will be made available in due cause to our esteemed passengers”, he said.

Recall that people resorted to using the train services following the insecurities on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, and with this suspension, movement of people will be restricted.

In another development, the NRC has reviewed the suspension of all passenger train services.

The NRC Deputy Director, Public Relations, Yakub Mahmood, noted that train services will now be provided with listed conditionalities.

The conditionalities will involve passengers providing full names, address, date of birth and means of identity.

According to him, “Further to the earlier statement, the board and management have reviewed the situation and decided to provide passengers train services with the listed conditionalities, passengers to provide full names, address, date of birth and means of identity.

“We enjoin all passengers to please cooperate with any other measures put in place to protect ourselves from ourselves”, he ended.

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