The Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria, said plans have been concluded to commence train service at Port-Harcourt port in Rivers state.
He also called for cooperation of staff, especially in Eastern district to move Nigerian Railway Corporation to a greater height.
The MD who was in Enugu, Headquarters of Eastern District to interact with the staff and see how the district which he said used to compete with Lagos will become vibrant again, said “I am in the district to share ideas with you on best way to move this corporation forward and i have resolved to run an open administration where all suggestions are welcomed.”
“We tend to start very soon to run train service from Port-Harcourt Port and that is the reason we are here to check the Port-Harcourt Port probably to check the Port Manager because currently we have customer we are starting to carry coal from Igumaly to Port – Harcourt Port which the intension is to export the coal,” he added.
Okhiria said notwithstanding the access to the port, the corporation will not wait from freight the coal from Igumaly to Port-Harcourt.
“That arraignment is in full gear and within the next two weeks to one month we tend to commence that traffic. We also intend to commence moving the cement from Lafarge which is to be concluded by June 4th when we are starting that movement.”
He further disclosed that the Corporation will start test run of coaches on 187 kilometer Standard gage line from Abuja to Kaduna on 19thof May, 2016 and after, it would be declared open for commercial use.
“The essence for the test run of coaches on that line is to ensure that it is feet for human usage”.
Eastern District Manager, Mr. Ola Adeyinwo had earlier in his address, said the district has sustained the running of Port-Harcourt – Aba passengers train, disclosing that he had attained 75% cost running the train even as efforts are made to increase and expand intercity passengers train.