NRC, Police restate commitment to securing Nigeria’s railways
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and the Nigeria Police Force, have restated their commitments to securing railway facilities and passengers across the country.
The Managing Director of NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, and the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Railway Command, Mrs Yetunde Longe, said this on Thursday in Abuja.
Okhiria and Longe spoke in separate interviews with newsmen.
The NRC helmsman said the corporation was currently engaging communities and vigilantes around the various stations to watch the tracks and provide intelligence.
“We have employed some technologies and working on the procurement process for more, to ensure that all stations are covered,” he said.
He said efforts were also being made to clear the bushes around most of the stations, to ensure that the surroundings were clear and safe for passengers.
The NRC boss said the corporation was also collaborating with states and local government areas, for the clearing of the bushes.
“The Tom Ikimi train station in Igueben for instance, the local government chairman has promised the clearing of bushes,’’ Okhiria said.
On her part, Longe said the Railway Command of the Nigeria Police Force, had increased partnerships with host communities and other security agencies, to ensure adequate security of railways in the country.
She said the command was also collaborating with the NRC security outfit to boost the security of railway operations.
Longe said the command had increased the number of armed police personnel attached to railways and stations across the country, to ensure adequate police presence.
She enjoined the public to continue to offer necessary support to the police and other security agencies, to secure the country’s railways.