More than 100 proposals from local and international companies for railway security across the country are submitted daily to the Nigerian Railway Corporation following the bombing of the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022 by terrorists, it has been reported. learned on Sunday.
It was understood that the proposals were due to the federal government’s declaration that it would install security gadgets on the facilities to help prevent terrorist attacks on trains.
Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi had, after the March 28 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train, said that the Federal Government, through the NRC, would install safety sensors on the railway tracks.
The minister had said, “I will speak with the president. He is already giving directions. I’m sure by the time we finish repairing the tracks, we would have gotten approval for the safety equipment and maybe installed it.
On March 28, 2022, terrorists attacked the last evening train on the Abuja-Kaduna rail service with explosives resulting in the death of some passengers, the kidnapping of many others and the destruction of the train and the track.
When contacted for updates on the installation of safety gadgets on railway tracks, as promised by the federal government, NRC Director General Fidet Okhiria told our correspondent that the company was seriously working securing trains and tracks.
He noted, however, that the NRC must go through stipulated processes before installing the security installations, adding that hundreds of proposals were submitted to the company daily for this purpose.
“You have to go through some process to install it, but we are seriously working on it,” Okhiria said.
He added, “Every day we receive proposals for security and we receive more than 100 proposals a day on this issue, both local and foreign.”
On what was being done to rescue abducted passengers, the NRC boss said security agencies were the ones dealing with the problem, stressing that it was outside the company’s portfolio.
“I can’t talk about it because it’s not in my wallet. The security guards are the ones looking after it. They’re the ones watching where they (the abducted passengers) are,” he said. declared to our correspondent.
He, however, noted that efforts were underway to repair the Abuja-Kaduna rail service, which had been suspended since March 28, 2022 after it was bombed by terrorists.
In the middle of last month, Okhiria said the company had put the last rolling stock hit by the bomb back on track and all 14 rolling stock had derailed, including 11 cars on the ill-fated train, and two cars and a locomotive on the train. relief, had all been put back on track.
He said the re-railed wagons and locomotive were moved from the site of the incident to NRC stations in Idu and Rigasa.
To further enhance the security of its rail services, the NRC had also announced last month that from May this year it would start linking the profiles of its rail passengers to their various national identification numbers.
“The process of linking the profile of passengers to their NIN for better profiling is underway. This layer of passenger screening will start by May 2022,” Okhiria said.
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