OrderPaperToday – The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has said lifting of petroleum products will be done by rail lines before the end of March.

Managing Director of NRC, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing the Senate Committee on Transport chaired by Sen. Olugbenga Ashafa.

He said that in 2016, the corporation hopes to begin lifting diesel from Apapa to Kaduna and Lagos while also improving on its passenger services.

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He told the committee: “The focus on 2016 will be on fright, we intend to enhance movement of goods by rail, we are talking about bonded containers from Apapa.

“We are also looking this quarter at starting the commercial movement of petroleum products, that is AGO (diesel) from Oando and a number of marketers from Apapa Lagos to Kaduna and Kano.

“Each of the tank wagons that we have has a capacity of 45,000 liters and the average train will take about 20 tanks so we are talking about 900,000 liters of oil that will go on every single train.

“We are expecting to have at least for starters, one train per week, going from Apapa to depots in Kaduna and Kano.”

He said that the corporation also hopes to complete a lot of rail lines in 2016 adding that the NRC would also increase its routes for transportation of cement and petroleum products.

He added that the completion of rails and moving of products through the rail lines will reduce the burden on Nigerian roads.

Sen. Ashafa queried aspects of the corporation’s budget and announced that the committee will be in Lagos on Monday for oversight function.

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