Hundreds of passengers traveling in the north of the country have been stranded at the Nigerian Railway Corporation terminal in Minna, the capital of Niger state.
This was after a freight train derailed from its track.
It was learned that the freight train took off from Lagos State about a week ago and was unable to continue to its final destination in Kano State after derailing.
In addition, passengers from other passenger trains from Lagos were unable to continue because the detailed freight train had blocked the tracks.
According to one of the stranded passengers who gave his name as Idowu, the technicians, who were on the site to evacuate the freight train bound for Kano from the Minna terminal to open the way for the free movement of trains carrying passengers. , were seen using jacks instead of a crane for evacuation.
“Our problems are compounded by the fact that instead of using a crane, NRC technicians use a ‘jack’ to evacuate the freight train, which is not only risky for technicians due to its heaviness but also for passengers.
“Imagine that in this century Nigeria used a jack to lift heavy trains like this instead of having a crane to do the job. What if the train, which is about to fall, falls on one of the mechanics or engineers, or even on the passengers? ” He asked.
Meanwhile, the majority of passengers returning to their base after the Christmas and New Year holidays condemned the pace of the evacuation while some of the passengers denounced what they called a lack of government commitment. federal government to ensure the proper functioning of rail transport.