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Business News of Thursday, 25 August 2022

Source: www.punchng.com

Resuming Abuja-Kaduna train service insensitive, says FG

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The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said recommencing the Abuja-Kaduna train service while some of the passengers kidnapped by terrorists during the March 28 train attack will be insensitive to their families.

This was as it said measures were underway to employ advanced technology-based surveillance systems to forestall future terrorist attacks.

It said the options available also include the DSS-approved system deployed by the Kano State Government to frustrate terrorist activities in the vast Falgore forest.

The Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo, stated these while answering questions from State House Correspondents shortly after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Executive Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The PUNCH reported that terrorists connected to the dreaded Boko Haram sect attacked a Kaduna-bound train on the night of Monday, March 28, 2022.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, after meeting with the President on April 1, had confirmed that local bandits operating in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger and Kebbi states connived with Boko Haram terrorists to execute the attack which left at least eight passengers dead, several others injured; with at least 41 persons kidnapped.

Train services along the Abuja-Kaduna route had since halted, raising questions about the government’s plan to recommence movement.

Responding to the queries on Wednesday, Sambo enumerated two factors which he said are at the heart of the Abuja-Kaduna train services.

They include families traumatized over their members still in captivity of terrorists and the need for proper surveillance along the tracks.

He said the government is considering the best options in terms of surveillance including a Public-Private Partnership.

Sambo said, “There are two core matters at the heart of the resumption of the Abuja-Kaduna rail services. And these core issues are one, families are traumatised over their loved ones that are still in captivity.