Herders To Transport Cattles Via Railways Soon — NRC

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has expressed confidence that herders and traders will soon move their cows from the North to the Southern part of Nigeria using rail services.

Managing Director of NRC, Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this in an interview with Channels Television as monitored by LEADERSHIP, on Wednesday.

Okhiria said rail services for the movement of cows and other goods would resume with the Warri-Itakpe route.

LEADERSHIP recalls that the NRC had in 2017 suspended the movement of cattle by train after some technical hitches.

However, Okhiria said in a matter of one or two months, herders would be able to move their cattle on the Warri-Itakpe train services.

He said the NRC would modernise the movement of goods in the country “so that when they come by road from the north, they can move them by rail to South-South Warri”.

Okhiria added that the NRC has brought in some wagons that can mobilise livestock and they are being assembled in the Kajola area of Oyo State.

“We’ve built 15 wagons for livestock and maybe in the next month or two months, they would be deployed from Itakpe to Warri to drive the economy,” he stated.

Okhiria also said investment in railways should be for the social and economic benefits of the people and not profit-oriented in naira and kobo.

“You are not developing transportation because you want to make profit in terms of naira and kobo, but the profit will come indirectly if we can move goods and link cities,” he said.

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According to him, the indirect earnings might not be directly to the government but it would flow into the economy.

Okhiria added that investment in rail infrastructure should be for the public good and to make lives comfortable for the masses to have a robust and vibrant economy.

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