NIGERIA: ILORIN SERVICE BEGINS

On 31 October, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) restored passenger train service from Lagos via Ibadan to Ilorin (391km), the Kwara state capital, following completion of track rehabilitation by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC). The inaugural train departed from Iddo Station in Lagos at about 09:00 and arrived in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital (193km), at 14:00. According to NRC western district manager Folorunso Rasheed Gbadamosi, north-south express rail services will be fully restored within the first quarter of 2012, on completion of rehabilitation at the Akere Bridge in Niger State. Gbadamosi says the Iddo-Ilorin six-coach train will run every Friday, returning on the Sunday.

NRC has commenced weekly haulage of 600 metric tons of cement to Osogbo, the Osun state capital. This is to be followed by haulage of a similar amount to Ilorin.

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