The Managing Editor of Transport Day newspaper, Mr. Frank Kintum, has commended the Federal Government for confirming the appointment of the acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria.
According to a statement made available to the press by the Editor of the newspaper, Okhiria has earned his appointment because aside being a versatile technocrat, he has a rich knowledge of the workings of the NRC.
The statement added that “Engr. Okhiria is an experienced hand when it comes to railway technology, especially as it is being locally applied, he made a mark when he was District Manager and Director, and he is a good manager of people”.
Kintum, nonetheless, tasked the MD to always maintain his open door policy, and ensure that he carries all stakeholders along as be strives to revamp the hitherto moribund NRC. The new MD is coming on board at a time when so much is expected from the NRC.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had late last year confirmed Engr. Edatanlen Fidet Okhiria, as the substantive Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
Okhiria had been acting as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation since the removal of Engr.Oluseyi Sijuwade from the position in February 16, 2016. Until his appointment as the managing director, Engr. Okhiria was Director, Mechanical, Electrical, Signal and Telecommunications of the Corporation. Okhiria was born on July 13, 1961 in Iruekpen, Essan West of Edo State. He holds a B.Sc. Degree in (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba in1985.
Aside other services, NRC operates long distance express passenger train services from Port-Harcourt(the garden city) to Kano and Lagos to Kano every Friday. There are also express trains from Lagos to Jos and Maiduguri, Port-Harcourt to Jos and Maiduguri. These services offer full air conditioning to the 1st class “seater” or “sleeper” luxury saloons, with restaurant cars equipped with conveniences.
There are also standard class-coaches with adequate head room/ luggage racks and parcels’ vans on courier service. These trains traverse into the interiors of Nigeria’s vast green lands through the savannah, exposing the scenic beauty of the country. Luxury coaches (full house on-wheels) with exposed veranda for outdoor viewing, palour, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, store and visitors room are also available for hire.