Once again the Abuja-Kaduna bound train service broke down returning from Kaduna on Sunday.
The train was on the morning schedule from Rigasa, Kaduna to Idu, Abuja when it broke down around Akere, a rural area within the route.
It was gathered that, the Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC) engineers battled to fix it for over three hours.
When contacted, the Operations Manager, Abuja-Kaduna Train Service, Mr. Victor Adamu, confirmed the incident on the telephone but claimed it was a minor issue.
“It’s a small problem and it has been fixed. It happened at Akere, and the train was en-route Idu, Abuja from Rigasa in Kaduna.”
The train has broke down several times in the past, leaving passengers stranded.
Barely three months ago, the breakdowns became too frequent that the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, had to publicly apologise to commuters for the embarrassing situation.
He ordered the Chinese contractor, CCECC to fix or replace the locomotives that were recently procured from China by the federal government to boost train services on the route.
Five months after the trains were deployed for inter state services, they continued to break down, leaving passengers stranded, disrupting their travel plans and also exposing them to undue security risks.