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Abuja- Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan train services shut down

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced an impending shut down of train stations plying Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan and Warri-Itakpe routes over a possible strike action.

In a memo issued Tuesday, the Managing Director of NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, alerted all district managers and relevant officers of the need to protect railway assets in the event the strike goes ahead.

The three-day warning strike by workers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is to hold from November 18th to November 20th.

According to a letter to the effect, the workers’ unions had resolved “that all the district organs (DWCs) of the NUR and SSA should, as a matter of expedience, summon a general meeting of all the workers of their districts on Monday, 15th November 2021 at exactly 10.00 a.m prompt and, in unambiguous terms, notify the entire workers of the commencement of a 3-day warning strike beginning from midnight prior to Thursday, 18th through Saturday, 20th November 2021.”
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had invited the labour unions to a meeting on Saturday but it ended in a deadlock.
However, Okrikha said if no truce is reached, train service should be shut down with effect from Wednesday night.
“The RDMs, managers and coordinators are to prepare and shut down train services appropriately by midnight of Wednesday, 17th November 2021,” the memo read.


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