Federal Government says it will be insensitive to the plight of families whose loved ones are still in captivity by terrorists to restart the Abuja-Kaduna train services now.
Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo, said this on Wednesday while speaking with State House reporters at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Sambo said two core matters remained at the heart of the delay in the resumption of Abuja-Kaduna train services suspended after the March 2022 attack.
He said these included families traumatized over their members still in captivity of terrorists and the need to have surveillance facilities to monitor the tracks.
The Minister said government was looking at the best options in terms of the surveillance, including concessioning it in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
On the execution of the initiative, Sambo said, “If I give a timeline, I’ll be lying to you. It will be insensitive to restart the service if some families weep day and night over their members still in the bush.”
He said government was mindful of the cost involved but should be able to report definite progress in about a month.
The Minister also announced that FEC approved a contract for the Nigerian Railway Corporation worth about N1.49 billion for the repair of cranes.