By Uchediunor Augusta
Lagos – The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is working out new guidelines of operations to help to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19 ).
The Director of Operations of NRC, Mr Niyi Alli, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
“We are working out modalities on how to operate because train is the largest means of transportation in commuting people from one state to another.
Alli, however, said that train operations nationwide would not restart until lifting of the ban on interstate travel.
“Although the corporation has lost much finances, the safety of our customers remain paramount,” he said.
NAN reports that there has been ban on interstate travels since May 4, in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
“We cannot commence Mass Transit Train Service until interstate travel ban is lifted.
“We have been receiving calls and messages from our esteemed customers to commence operations but we cannot flout the order banning on interstate travels.
“The Federal Government is our employer; we have to help to contain the spread of this pandemic ravaging the world,” he said.
Alli appealed to commuters to be patient until the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.