The Kano-Port Harcourt train services has commenced operation twelve years after the Nigerian government launched its revitalisation project.
A trip down memory lane shows that the first Kano-Port Harcourt mixed train services was in 1914, technically carrying both passenger and goods from the north to southern part of Nigeria.
Henceforth, the mixed service train will leave Kano to Port Harcourt every Thursday and from Port Harcourt to Kano every Tuesday.
The ultra sophisticated two 68-seater air conditioned first class passenger couches had been put in place to traverse a rail distance of 1,139 kilometres, stretching from Kano to Port Harcourt, with stops at some cities across Kano, Kaduna and Benue among other states in the south.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Adesiyi Asijuwade, stated at the commissioning ceremony of the new trains in Kano on Thursday that the train services in Nigeria was back on track.