The restoration of rail service between Abuja and Kaduna is planned for this month, November, according to an announcement made on Monday by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The transportation minister, Mu’azu Sambo, disclosed this when he presented his ministry’s scorecard in Abuja.
He asserted that there was enough security in place to ensure the safety of the travelers. The Minister did not, however, give a specific start date.
According to Sambo, the attack in March that resulted in the deaths of numerous passengers and the suspension of rail operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route taught the ministry enough lessons.
Meanwhile, the federal government has formally begun rural electrification projects in the senatorial districts of East and West Kogi.
The rural power projects are located in the Kogi East towns of Emekutu, Ikebe, and Ojagbo, while the Kogi West communities of Ayetoro Gbede, Isanlu, Anguwan-Kura, Araromi, and Olujumu, which is the state’s senatorial district, will gain from them.
President Muhammadu Buhari declared during the official opening of the projects that the Federal Government was providing its citizens with sustained access to power for social and economic growth.
The President noted that it was anticipated that the standard of living of the rural population would improve with the provision of affordable electricity access through high-quality health care services, education, agricultural production, and security. The President was represented by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu.
The President continued by stating that this administration’s strategy was to increase access to electricity through the implementation of grid extension projects in regions that were close to the national grid and through the use of renewable energy, particularly solar-powered mini-grids, in locations where doing so was commercially viable, particularly in rural and remote areas with difficult geographic terrain.
The president said, “Electricity and energy projects are capital intensive and therefore, the task of implementing such projects cannot be borne by the government alone. In this vein, my government has progressively been developing policies and regulations to provide a clear roadmap and incentives to attract private sector participation in financing, developing, operating, and maintenance of rural electrification projects.
“Some of the programs of my administration designed to increase electricity access, especially through renewable power in accordance with Nigeria’s commitment to reducing global warming as contained in the updated National Determined Contributions of the Paris Climate Change Accord.”
President Buhari told Nigerians that his administration had successfully implemented and will continue to implement a wide range of infrastructure measures in order to better the lives and livelihoods of the citizenry.
In his words, “We are determined to ensure the financial sustainability of the electricity market by enhancing our strategies to facilitate contract effectiveness.
“Additionally, in our quest to enhance universal access to electricity, we are developing economically viable off-grid projects that can be replicated all over the country.
“The commissioning of this project is a big step towards achieving our goal of increasing the electrification rate to 90% by the year 2030.”