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Abia gov demands train services return to South-East

Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has requested for the return of train services in the Eastern tracks.

The governor made this when he met with officials of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Eastern District, who were on a business visit.

He stressed the importance of rail transportation, especially in the East.

Otti noted that rail transportation used to be the most viable means of transportation in the country but suddenly disappeared in the last three decades, according to Independence.

He promised to support the corporation with all that they require to function in the state and requested them to update him with developments regarding the on-going rehabilitation of the rail line.

The governor pledged to address the request for security and further engage the people on the need to protect and safeguard railway installations in their localities.

Speaking earlier, the Railway District Manager, Mr. Modibbo Mohammed, said their visit was to brief the governor on the ongoing rehabilitation of the railway track from Port Harcourt.

He stated that the first phase of the laying of new rail covering 63 km from Port Harcourt to Aba would be completed by the end of this year while the 2nd phase from Aba to Umuahia would be delivered in the first quarter of next year.

He stated that the first phase of the laying of new rail covering 63 km from Port Harcourt to Aba would be completed by the end of this year while the 2nd phase from Aba to Umuahia would be delivered in the first quarter of next year.

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