So much soundbites from the government about railway projects.

The construction on the Lagos-Ibadan standard rail just commenced last week. It is not yet clear when it would be ready.

But the federal government has announced that it would deploy about 16 locomotives, 40 coaches and 120 wagons in the standard gauge once it is ready.

It was gathered that the government had placed orders for the fabrication of the coaches and the locomotives, which would start arriving in the country soon.

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In case you don’t know, the locomotive is the engine used for pulling a train, while the coaches are those carriages used by passengers for seating in a train.

The wagon on the other hand is a railway truck used for transporting goods or for other specified purpose.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated that the government was also working hard to meet the December 2018 or January 2019 completion deadline.

The ground-breaking was performed last year by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who was then the Acting President.

When asked when the coaches for the line would start arriving the country during an interview with journalists, the minister replied, “We’ve placed orders and they are fabricating them, and we hope they will arrive soon.”

On the number of locos and coaches being expected, Amaechi re-directed the enquiry to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, who stated that “we are expecting about 16 locomotives. For coaches, it is about 40 in number, and about 120 wagons.”

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