The National Assembly committees on Land Transport on Tuesday, February 9 called on the management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, to push for an increase in its capital budget.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos) and his House of Representatives counterpart, Rep Aminu Sani (APC, Sokoto) led members of the committee on the oversight visit.
According to Ashafa, out of the N4.5bn allocated for the railway in the 2016 appropriation, only N399 million is allocated for capital projects in the budget.
He however said with the appropriation bill currently being considered, “some concessions can be given by way of moving some funds from one area to the other for them to be able to meet their obligations.”
Places visited include the Ido terminus, Apapa rail line where the loading of containers was ongoing for movement to the northern part of the country; the NRC maintenance shed, while the inspection ended at the Safe Train Control (STC), a control room where all the trains in Nigeria can be monitored.