Senator Nora Ladi Daduut, the senator representing Plateau South has advocated the urgent extension of the new railway standard gauge from Kaduna to Jos.
Sponsoring a motion on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, Senator Daduut said the road network in the country is overwhelmed and the railway as an alternative transportation when functional would have significant benefits and would be a great solution to the transportation problem in the country.
A statement made available to newsmen in Jos further reads that the Senator who also called for a more holistic approach in tackling security challenges facing the country said that a good railway system in Nigeria will reduce the risk associated with moving goods from one part of the country to the other through road transportation.
“The railway line from Kaduna to Jos if completed will serve transportation and supply chain network for domestic needs” she further added.
The Abuja-Kaduna rail line is one of the first standard gauge railway modernisation projects (SGRMP) undertaken in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. The standard gauge line connects federal capital city Abuja with its commercial capital Kaduna, enabling faster movement of goods and people between the two cities.
The construction of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line was started in February 2011 and completed in December 2014 with China’s support. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari officially inaugurated the line for commercial services in July 2016.
China Civil and Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), which is also constructing the Lagos Rail Mass Transit System in Nigeria, built the line for the Nigerian Federal Government.
The project employed approximately 4,000 people and is expected to create more than 5,000 additional jobs during operation.