Federal Ministry of Transportation, has handed over six patrol vehicles with scanners to Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to boost security on Abuja-Kaduna rail line.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Magdalene Ajani, who disclosed this on Thursday while handing over the vehicles, said it would aid movements on the route, especially in times of emergency.
According to him, ”the ministry decided to procure these vehicles to support NRC and the police working on that route to be able to effectively police the axis, addimg that it will further support the corporation on the security architecture of Idu -Abuja rail track.”
In her words, ”the security apparatus we have for most of the rail track have a number of components.
”We have the local people who are patrolling. We also have the NSCDC personnel, the police corps of NRC. We have locations where stations are and where we need the security men to be able to move from one location to the other.
”This is in addition to the fact that we are also looking at surveillance apparatus and fibre optic equipment. So for movement of security personnel, we need these vehicles,” she said.
Ajani said that in case of emergency calls, the security personnel should be able to move from one point to the other. This is part of their responsibilities to keep the place safe.
She noted that the vehicles passed through proper procurement process before being handed to the corporation.
while responding, chairman of NRC, Alhaji Ibrahim Alhassan, who received the vehicles, said that the development was a wake-up call on other institutions of government to support the corporation.
Alhassan said the vehicles and scanners would be deployed as backup to whatever the corporation needed to do.