The Federal Government has given condition for resumption of Abuja-Kaduna train services.
Mu’azu Sambo, minister of transportation, disclosed that operations on the route will not return until victims who were kidnapped are freed and reunited with their families.
Sambo made the disclosure during a familiarisation visit to the Idu and Kubwa train stations on Tuesday in Abuja.
He also stated that appropriate technology would be installed on trains before resumption of operations on the Abuja- Kaduna route.
“First and foremost, it is very important to get those Nigerians that were kidnapped reunited with their families, otherwise it will be seen as if the government is not sensitive,” he said.
“Whereas the government is not only sensitive, but the government is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this unfortunate incident are reunited with their families.
“Secondly, you must put in place adequate security and infrastructure to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible and leave what you cannot do to God.
“So, we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world. That has served very well for us in other jurisdictions, which we believe can also serve us very well here in Nigeria.”
In March this year, gunmen attacked a train on its way to Kaduna from Abuja, killing, kidnapping and injuring many travellers.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) suspended train services on the route following the incident.
Speaking during the visit on Tuesday, Sambo said there was need to ensure that necessary measures are taken to avoid a recurrence of the March 28 tragedy.
According to him, everything humanly possible must be done to divert an attack of such nature.
The minister added that the government was making efforts to acquire explosion sensors that would detect and eliminate threats on the tracks.
“To save the lives of Nigerians is the priority of the government, the best way to travel, as far as I’m concerned, is by train,” Sambo said.
He added that arrangements were being made to ensure the maintenance of existing facilities at the stations.
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