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When will Nigerians ride on decent trains? – The Nation Nigeria – The Nation Newspaper

Rail transportation, which once occupied a pride of place in Nigeria, lost steam between the late 1970s and ’80s. Calls for its revival have remained strident since the return of democracy in 1999 but commuters are still awaiting the day Nigeria will boast of having a modern day rail transport system. In this report, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, takes a look at the efforts made by the current government to revive the rail system and asks how far it can go, given the level of decay

Only a few brave elderly men in the crowd could look steadily at the hot blood rushing out of the right hand side of the commuter. Within seconds, his shirt and the grey pair of trousers he put on had been fully soaked. Children and women, horrified by the sight, were screaming and running away from the station, even as curious bystanders pushed desperately to ascertain whether or not he was still alive.

Just in his mid-20s, the young man’s cry was swallowed up in the confusion as a railway policeman and two other concerned people hastily carried him away in search of a nearby hospital.

That was way back in 2014, when the young man lost his right hand at the Oshodi Railway Station while jumping off a crowded and moving train. What followed that tragic incident was mass outcry in Lagos both against the attitude of desperate commuters either sitting atop moving trains or jumping into or out of moving trains and against the miserable condition of railway [...]

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When will Nigerians ride on decent trains? – The Nation Newspaper

Rail transportation, which once occupied a pride of place in Nigeria, lost steam between the late 1970s and ’80s. Calls for its revival have remained strident since the return of democracy in 1999 but commuters are still awaiting the day Nigeria will boast of having a modern day rail transport system. In this report, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, takes a look at the efforts made by the current government to revive the rail system and asks how far it can go, given the level of decay

Only a few brave elderly men in the crowd could look steadily at the hot blood rushing out of the right hand side of the commuter. Within seconds, his shirt and the grey pair of trousers he put on had been fully soaked. Children and women, horrified by the sight, were screaming and running away from the station, even as curious bystanders pushed desperately to ascertain whether or not he was still alive.

Just in his mid-20s, the young man’s cry was swallowed up in the confusion as a railway policeman and two other concerned people hastily carried him away in search of a nearby hospital.

That was way back in 2014, when the young man lost his right hand at the Oshodi Railway Station while jumping off a crowded and moving train. What followed that tragic incident was mass outcry in Lagos both against the attitude of desperate commuters either sitting atop moving trains or jumping into or out of moving trains and against the miserable condition of railway [...]

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Nigeria: Buhari Has Delivered More Than Half of His Electoral Promises – Shittu – AllAfrica.com

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Minister of Communications and one of President Muhammadu Buhari's loyalists, Adebayo Shittu, recently called on the president to run for a second term in office during the 2019 general elections. In this interview with LEADERSHIP, he speaks on his reason for the call and why Nigerians should return him to office. He also speaks about his ambition to govern Oyo State in the next political dispensation. MUYIWA OYINLOLA and ANDREW ESSIEN met him.

Two years in the saddle as minister of communications, what would you say has been your greatest challenge?

The greatest challenge that I have had is the challenge that the entire ICT sector has been facing over the years and that is the challenge of having enough broadband in place Broadband is what facilitates communication whether digital

telecommunications or even voice telecommunications, telephone, Internet and all of them. You would observe that throughout the country we are still less than 30 percent with regards to broadband coverage of the country.

We've been working hard because ICT is about the private sector, it's not the business of government to roll out broadband. Of course, government has to intervene in certain aspects but [...]

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