Flagging off and commercial operation of the Abuja-Kaduna railway by ending of May this year may not be achieved, says the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi.
The minister disclosed this yesterday when he inspected the arrival of two coaches for the railway at Idu, Abuja.
Amaechi, who was however optimistic that the operation would start as soon as possible, stressed that all the obstacles hindering the completion and operation of the rail had been resolved.
On the refusal of a Catholic missionary organisation, Daughters of Charity, to allow the demolition of its hospital, which the minister claimed could derail plans, he said he would not want to preempt the engineers to avoid mistakes.
“We have finally resolved what made us not to keep to our date; the Daughters of Charity refused the demolition of their building which is a threat to the alignment.
“They have agreed that the demolition would start from tomorrow (today) and the fencing will start today (yesterday). We will keep their own side of the bargain, give them their Certificate of Occupancy which they have confirmed and CCECC has kindly agreed in helping them in building the hospital,” he said.
After inspecting the coaches, the minister said that other coaches were expected to arrive Abuja in few days to come.
“We are expecting them in next 10 days because they are coming from Lagos to Abuja,” Amaechi concluded.
In their separate interviews with newsmen, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mr. Sabiu Zakari and the acting Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, Eng. Fidet Okhiria, said that they were satisfied with the nature of the coaches.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Minister of Transport had promised that the Abuja-Kaduna railway would start commercial operations by ending of May this year when he inspected the project earlier this year.

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