June 11, 2024

Reps to Investigate causes of Abuja-Kaduna rail mishaps

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… Summon Transport Minister

By Gift ChapiOdekina, Abuja

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, summoned the Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, for questioning over the frequent train mishaps on the Abuja-Kaduna railway in recent times.

This is also as the House resolved to investigate the causes of the recurring derailments along the corridor train.

This was a sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance presented during a plenary session by Umar Ajilo, the member representing the Makarfi-Kudan Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.

The motion titled, “An urgent need to investigate the causes of the recurring derailment of the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train, which has skidded twice in the last two weeks with hundreds of passengers on board,” Ajilo Umar, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, expressed concern over the incidents.

Moving the motion, Umar noted that rail transportation is considered the safest mode of movement worldwide, staying at the alarming frequency of derailments along the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.

“The most recent incident occurred on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, when a train travelling from Abuja to Kaduna derailed at Asha station, leaving many passengers stranded in the Federal Capital Territory. This marks the second derailment within the past two weeks.”

“The House noted that on Sunday, May 26, an Abuja-bound train derailed along the Abuja-Kaduna route, leaving passengers stranded in the Jere area of Kaduna State.

According to Hon. Ajilo, the House must stand to the occasion by investigating these repeated incidents to ensure that the repeated rail derailment incidents do not result in a national calamity.”

The Speaker of the House Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, who presided over the plenary, adopted the motion mandating the House Committee on Land Transportation to invite the Minister of Transport and other relevant stakeholders in the railway sector. They are to explain the reasons for the repeated derailments and the measures being taken to prevent future incidents and report their findings to the House within one month.