Nigeria Railway Corporation Overwhelmed as Demand For Seats On Lagos-Kano Route Exceeds Supply
Passengers have overwhelmed the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) on the Lagos-Kano intercity transit thereby creating a fresh challenge for the outfit, which is being transformed by the federal government.
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that passengers at mid-stations are usually stranded and experience frustration as the only train that runs on the Lagos-Kano route is always filled to capacity before reaching their stations.
“The passenger turnout has been too much and we are finding it difficult to cope. It is more than encouraging. The train is usually full from the point of departure. We really need to step up our capacity in terms of having more coaches.
“We are even afraid to do further publicity of the service because we are overwhelmed by passengers. What happens is that right from the origin, say two stations away from the Iddo Terminal, the train is full to capacity. People find it difficult to join at the intermediate stations. So that is a challenge we are addressing,” NRC’s managing director, Engr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, told our correspondent in an exclusive interview yesterday.
The NRC runs a weekly schedule with its train leaving Lagos for Kano at 9am on Friday and leaves Kano for Lagos Monday at the same time. It was gathered that the fare for Lagos to Kano is N1,900, while a passenger going for executive class pays N2,900 in the journey that lasts for about 30 hours.
When our correspondent visited the Iddo and Alagomeji, Yaba terminals on Friday morning, passengers going to Ilorin, Minna, Zaria and Kano, had turned into a mild crowd, waiting patiently for the train.