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Fuel Scarcity: Ogun-Lagos Rail Shuttle Reduced

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 2:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The current fuel scarcity crisis has forced the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to reduce its daily shuttle services on the Ogun-Lagos route from 12 to eight.

The Lagos District Manager of the NRC, Mr Akin Osinowo, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

He noted, however, that the reduction only affected the intermediate services of the company.

“Our return intermediate services at 12 noon and 2.00 p.m. are been suspended for now.

“We have no option than to suspend these services because we are finding it difficult to run our normal services, due to fuel scarcity.

“We will return to normal services when fuel supply returns to normal,’’ Osinowo said.

According to him, the corporation uses about 32 litres of fuel for its Ogun-Lagos services weekly.

“But now, we are sourcing for fuel everywhere to ensure the running of Ogun-Lagos services even after the reduction in our number of services from 12 to eight.’’

Osinowo, who declined comments on whether the long distance and cargo services would also be suspended, appealed to commuters for understanding.

NAN reports that it was chaotic at the railway terminus at Ijoko in Ogun on Monday as hundreds of commuters resorted to using the services of the NRC to get to their destinations.

A NAN correspondent at the terminus reports that the train was congested as commuters struggled to gain entrance into the train.
Congestion in the train was so bad that many passengers resorted to hanging on the locomotive.

Many commuters who could not get places inside the coaches and could not hang on the train were left stranded at various stations.

“I’ve no option than to go back home because it’s quite expensive to go to Lagos by public transport,’’ a nursing mother, Ronke Alayo, said