Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, has said that technology-driven security measures would be installed before the resumption of train operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route.
Speaking on Tuesday, during a familiarization visit to the Idu and Kubwa train stations in Abuja, the minister stated that certain measures had to be taken to guarantee the safety of the citizenry and avoid a repeat of the March 28 train attack.
He said, “First and foremost, it’s very important to get those Nigerians that were kidnapped reunited with their families. Otherwise, it’ll be seen as if the government isn’t sensitive.
“Whereas the government isn’t only sensitive, but the government is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this unfortunate incident are reunited with their families.
“Secondly, you must put in place adequate security and infrastructure to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible and leave what you cannot do to God.
“So we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world. That has served very well for us in other jurisdictions, which we believe can also serve us very well here in Nigeria.
“To save the lives of Nigerians is the priority of the government. The best way to travel as far as I am concerned is by train.”
Sambo assured that normal train services would be restored on the Abuja-Kaduna route soon.
On maintenance, the minister said arrangements were being made to ensure the maintenance of existing facilities at the stations.