Massive jobs, technology transfer prospects as FG commissions train rolling stock plant  

Barring any last minute change,  high optimism pervades the transportation sector of huge job potentials and technology transfer as the federal government is set to commission the railways rolling stock assembly plant at Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Station, Kajola, Ogun State this week.  

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo performed the Official Ground Breaking Ceremony for the construction of the plant in 2019. 

Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo while on a tour of Lagos-Ibadan Standard gauge rail line said the establishment of the rolling stock station would create opportunities for knowledge transfer from the Chinese company to Nigerians that would ensure Nigerians learn how to build the wagons.

He told journalists that “We don’t need to import the wagons into the country anymore, there is also economic benefit for the establishment of the rolling stock.

“Nigerians will also be learning how to build the wagon, locomotive, coaches and by doing so will create employment while improving the capacity of the train wagons.

“For us to increase the capacity of the railway, we need the wagons,  we need to repair and assemble wagons.

He added that “The technology that is being done abroad will be replicated in Nigeria and many jobs will be created for the youths.” 

The Minister disclosed that a meeting with the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed  Alli (rtd) where the duo discussed issues affecting the completion of the last two tracks that linked the seaport to bring cargo out of the ports took place in Abuja. 

He explained that the challenges with  issues surrounding the scanner rooms affecting the completion of the track in Apapa was being looked into.

He reiterated that the scanner center used radioactive materials which had to be removed in a controlled condition.

Engr. Sambo said he would intensify efforts to revisit the Customs CG and clear the matter, as the government was concerned about the linkage for freight haulage through the ports.

President Muhammadu Buhari, he said would work till the end of his tenure to create enabling environment for business to thrive.

Speaking at the Nigerian Railway Corporation Ebute-Meta, Managing Director of NRC, Engineer Okhiria listed the challenges being faced by the Corporation to include low revenue due to the stoppage of the Kaduna Abuja rail services and the activities of those who carted away rail infrastructure.