The planned resumption of the Lagos-Kano express train by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has been put on hold.
This is due to what officials described as “terrible washout” on the tracks occasioned by recent downpours.
Daily Trust reports that the Lagos-Kano express train operated on the old narrow gauge track was suspended due to COVID-19.
Along the line, the 1,126-kilometer track had experienced some washouts and vandalisation prompting the NRC to deploy its engineers to fix the tracks traversing Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Niger, among others.
The corporation subsequently fixed Friday August 13 for the resumption of the long haul service, mostly patronized by Northern traders, and operated on Fridays.
However, the planned resumption was put on hold due to the washouts experienced in parts of Osun State.
NRC Director of Operations, Mr. Niyi Ali who confirmed this in a chat with Daily Trust said the NRC regretted the inconvenience caused by the postponement which he blamed on the heavy downpour.