Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of Transport has begged Nigerians to pardon him for the train not functioning from 18th to 20th November.
He made the appeal while inspecting the ongoing Moniya railway project in Ibadan, and uncovered that the Chinese engineers have been invited.
“I want to apologise to Nigerians for what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”
“We now have new locomotives and we have called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”
“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation, we apologise to Nigerians and I have instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”
“If this is happening now, then they should bring back our old locomotives, it will just affect turnaround times because we get the new locomotives to increase the turnaround time.”
Amechi disclosed that COVID-19 was no longer an excuse, hence he recommended that the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction corporation should work swiftly to deliver on time.