Criticism trails suspension of Abuja-Kaduna train services

An economist, Dr Matthew R. Otoide has criticized the suspension of Abuja-Kaduna train l services by the management of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
 Dr Otoide, in a four paragraph statement sent to onSunday, September 11, 2016  described the suspension as “unacceptable and too early in the day.”
 He adviced the management of NRC “to  sustain the momentum and not discourage enthusiastic passengers and investors”.
    Otoide said: “What is going on? This service was only inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in July, this year. Its too early in the day. Are they having challenges so soon? Which challenge? Security?  They should be proactive next time. How come the NRC want to suspend the service which commenced barely two months ago for maintenance?
   The NRC had on Saturday announced the suspension of its passenger train service from Abuja to Kaduna on Monday and Tuesday, ”because of the Eid el-Kabir public holidays”.
 The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Yakub Mahmood, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the NRC as saying the period would also be used to “carry out comprehensive maintenance of the train”.
 He assured passengers that the Abuja-Kaduna train service would resume on Wednesday, adding that “The corporation highly regrets any inconvenience this may cause our esteemed passengers.”