NRC makes u-turn, says normal train services continue



Contrary to its earlier announcement on Saturday that train services would be suspended from March 23 to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has affirmed that it would continue the train services to the public.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had reported that the Board and Management of the NRC had in a statement by Mr. Yakub Mahmood, the NRC Deputy Director Public Relations, on Saturday, said  that all train services would be suspended from Monday, March 23.

Mahmood had said that the management’s position in a statement entitled: “NRC Stops All Passengers Train Services”, was to curb spread of Coronavirus.

However, in another statement by Mahmood on Saturday evening, the NRC said: “Further to the earlier statement, the board and management have reviewed the situation and decided to provide passengers train services.”

The statement, however, listed the conditions for boarding trains to include that passengers must provide full names, address, date of birth and means of identity.
It urged all passengers to cooperate with any other measures put in place to protect themselves from contracting the pandemic.

Speaking to NAN, Mr. Jerry Oche, the Lagos Railway District Manager, said the free-train ride on Lagos-Ibadan Standard Guage rail line remained suspended.

NAN reports that the Lagos-Ogun Mass Transit Train Services (MTTS) of the corporation is usually hugely crowded with hundreds sitting on the roof top of moving trains.