21 November 2013, Lagos, Nigeria — THE Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has appealed to oil companies to make the most of the upgraded rail tracks to move their products around the country.
The Corporation’s Managing Director, Adeseyi Sujiwade made the appeal at the commissioning of 20 pressurized oil tank wagons inside Apapa Wharf, Lagos.
Sujiwade said that the newly commissioned wagons would enhance the provision of haulage services to oil marketers.
“With these wagons, you can be rest assured of safe and prompt delivery of your products by Nigerian Railway Corporation,” he said.
He hailed the commissioning of the wagons, which would help ease traffic congestion, as complementing the government’s transformation agenda.
“This is another positive step by the present government’s transformational agenda through the federal ministry of transport which seeks to ensure unhindered and convenient hauling of petroleum products to different parts of the country,” said Sujiwade.
He said following the rehabilitation of the Western line linking Lagos to Kano, the necessity to acquire various categories of rolling stock had become more imperative.
“Therefore the procurement of these pressurized oil tank wagons will help ease traffic congestion reduce accident and wear and tear of our roads,” said Sujiwade.
He meanwhile pointed out that NRC was already working with Total Plc in developing a memorandum of understanding to be signed by both parties on the movement of petroleum products by rail.
He urged other oil marketers and distributors to take advantage of the operational and economic benefits of the wagons in moving their petroleum products by rail.
Sijuwade assured that the railway would over time become a fully effective means of transport.
The ongoing project is expected to be complete by next year.
Years of neglect of both the rolling stock and the right-of-way have seriously reduced the capacity and utility of the local rail system.