FG to buy two locomotives for N1.1bn

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved
N1.1bn for the purchase of two standard gauge locomotives.
They are meant for the new standard gauge rail lines being
constructed across the country.

This was one of the resolutions reached at the weekly FEC
meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Minister Information, Mr. Labaran Maku; Minister of
Transport, Senator Idris Umar and Minister of Health, Prof.
Onyebuchi Chukwu, briefed State House correspondents of
the outcome of the meeting.

Maku said the contract included the design, manufacture
and commissioning of the two diesel locomotives with built
in power packs with standard gauge 1,435mm for the
Nigerian Railway Corporation.

He said the contract was awarded to Messrs CNR Darling
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Limited, and CCECC Nigeria
Limited with a delivery period of 10 months.
Umar said, the two locomotives are to be used for mass
transport services on the Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge Rail
Line which is expected to be completed by the end of this
year.
“The scope of work include: the design and manufacturing of
two number diesel electric locomotives with a capacity of
2,800 kilowatts for standard gauge tracks, training of 30
personnel for the Nigerian railway corporation on operation
and maintenance of the locomotives, commissioning and
test running in Nigeria, as well as one year maintenance and
technical support with two resident technicians,” he said.

He said the government was committed to the revival of the
NRC and as such it is working assiduously to see the
completion of the Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge Line.

“This is the first batch of the rolling stock that we are
acquiring, specifically the locomotives to be used for the
transportation of passengers and indeed freight from Abuja
to Kaduna and vice versa,” he added.

Umar said more of such locomotives would be ordered for
in 2015 and beyond, adding that government is also working
to ensure the entrenchment of the modern railway system.

He added, “We are also working to see to the completion of
the rehabilitation of the narrow gauge lines so as to have
complementary services.

“In the long run when we achieve total development of the
standard gauge, the narrow gauge will be dedicated mainly
for freight, but as it is we have to continue to work hand in
hand for both gauges to be operational until such a time
when Nigeria attains that level where we have in place the
standard gauge rail tracks and then the rail system, we can
now dedicate the standard gauge lines for freight that is for
carriage of goods.”

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