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Niger partners NRC to improve rail transport

The government of Niger State has reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to improve rail transit while reducing truck traffic on the highways.

Governor Abubakar Bello made the statement yesterday while leading a delegation of state dignitaries to the NRC headquarters in Lagos. Bello stated that the purpose of the tour was to see how Niger might collaborate with NRC to help decongest the highways.

His words: “This is the second time I will be visiting the NRC headquarters to establish relationship and to improve rail transportation of cargo movement as well as passengers within the state.

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“We are here to partner with NRC because we have various unmotorable areas in Niger, and, thankfully, we have a train track.”
According to him, farmers find it difficult to transport their produce.

“I believe that once we are able to provide access to their farm, it will make them improve their goods at a cheaper cost. The second objective of our visit is to encourage the use of railways, to reduce pressure on our roads.

“Now we have trucks carrying more than 30 to 90 tonnes. No road in Nigeria can survive that,” Bello said. He said that before now, most of the cargoes being imported were transported by rail, adding that there is no reason not to replicate cargo movement by train.

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