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Though coaches can’t meet demand, hanging atop now criminal offence—NRC

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Thursday criminalised acts of hanging atop moving train and cautioned commuters against unsafe conducts.

The notification came at the resumption of Lagos-Ogun mass transit service of the Corporation.

Business Hilights recalls that the NRC had in September 2019 suspended the service to give way for completion of ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Rail Line.

Addressing the media, the NRC Lagos District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, said going forward, safety remained a primary concern of the Corporation.

According to him, “The Corporation was aware that the available trains and coaches would not meet the demand of the teeming commuters, but commuters should be safety conscious.

“When train is filled up, commuters should look for an alternative rather than take risks.

Oche, warned intending passengers who discovered after ticket purchase that the train had been filled, had the right to return the ticket for refund.

He said: “I will advise that the first thing everybody should think of is safety as we commence operations.

“We have been away for few months, but commuters should not risk their lives because they want to board this train.

“It is when you are alive that you think of moving around. If the train is filled up, do not sit on the roof because it is risky.

“Train is still about the cheapest and the most convenient but life has no duplicate and nothing is comparable to life. If anybody climbs on top of coaches and anything happens to such, there is no hope again.”

NRC Okihira
Managing Director of NRC, Engr Fidet Okihria