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Safeguarding rail transportation to stem avoidable deaths

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country is still grappling with transportation challenges. While its residents mainly embrace road transportation, the country’s network of asphalt roads is largely inefficient, problematic and in need of massive capital input to meet the needs of citizens.Other options that the country should focus more on, such as water and rail transportation also need serious inputs from the government to boost patronage.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), a total of 723, 995 passengers patronised rail transportation in the first quarter of this year, as against 746, 739 in the last quarter of 2018. Within the period under review, a total of 54, 099 tons of goods/cargo travelled via the rail system as against 68, 716 in the fourth quarter of 2018, while revenue generated from passengers during the same period was put at N520, 794, 143 as against N507, 495, 503 in the last quarter of 2018.

guardian.ng/13 October 2019

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