Train Connects North, South of ‘Africa’s Giant’ Nigeria

Date: 19-04-2013 6:15 pm (9 years ago) | Author: Direct
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For the first time in a decade, Nigeria is operating a train line that links the north and south of the country, which is Africa’s most populous nation. The 1,100-kilometer trip from Lagos in the south to the northern city of Kano is an adventure that provides a window into the nation.
 
The train departs from Lagos - Nigeria’s largest city - every Friday at noon, or thereabouts. When we arrive at the station at 9 a.m., the ticket lines already are thick.  
 
When the journey begins, passengers sitting everywhere from the economy class to the private cabins appear eager about seeing Nigeria by train. Tickets cost between $12 and $30, and passenger Aisha Muhammad Shuaib said it’s cheaper than the bus and much safer than the roads.

“You know the roads are bad, sometimes armed robbers. That’s why I’m fearing the road. Because it happens to me. When I was coming from Kano to Lagos, I take the same bus with armed robbers. You can imagine? Eight armed robbers on the bus when we were heading to Lagos,” said Shuaib.

Few amenities

As we make our way out of town, passengers watch the tropical southern countryside pass by. In the first-class car and private cabins, however, there is no air conditioning.  
 
At every station-stop, locals hawk sodas, bags of water, nuts and fruit.
 
There are no stairs to board the train and no conductors yelling “All aboard." When the train starts moving, passengers scramble on.  
 
The train usually moves much slower than the promised maximum speed of 50 kilometers an hour.  
 
By nightfall we were still in the south.
 
Filled to capacity

The next morning the scenery has changed, and we are in the arid north.  
 
Despite the progress, the mood has darkened in the economy cabins. At every stop overnight, more and more passengers crammed in.
 
“I’ve been standing for five hours. Some of us have been standing for eight hours now,” said passenger Jimoh Kolawoe.
 
And as day two wears on, it only gets worse. By afternoon, the coach cabins are so packed that every bit of floor space is taken and luggage is piled in the bathrooms.  
 
We reach Kaduna about 6 o’clock - the time we were expecting to arrive in Kano, about 200 kilometers away. Security warns us we are now in a region known for violence.
 
“Kano is one of the most security dangerous areas and we need to be on our toes. We are on our optimum vigilance. As we go to Kano we watch out for every passenger that comes in,” said Benjamin Aletofa, one of those who provides train security.

Around 1:30 in the morning the train finally rolls into the dark Kano train station. After 37-and-a-half hours, in a city officials say is now the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency, the exhausted passengers hit the road quickly.

Back on the train, staffers prepare for the ride back across Nigeria.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD6TKc8Blfw#ws

Posted: at 19-04-2013 06:15 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
- kennynaija at 19-04-2013 07:03 PM (9 years ago)
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gradually, we will get their  Tongue Tongue Cheesy Cheesy

Posted: at 19-04-2013 07:03 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Rihannaaa at 19-04-2013 07:12 PM (9 years ago)
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This one Na suffer suffer ooo  Grin Grin Grin

Posted: at 19-04-2013 07:12 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- osamabinladin at 19-04-2013 10:16 PM (9 years ago)
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 Grin
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:16 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- steve232 at 19-04-2013 10:19 PM (9 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:19 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Ifemylove at 19-04-2013 10:29 PM (9 years ago)
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23 and half hours in the train ?
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:29 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- torrejon_men at 19-04-2013 10:34 PM (9 years ago)
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A GOOD START
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:34 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- etibaba at 19-04-2013 10:38 PM (9 years ago)
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nice

Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:38 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- paulohking at 19-04-2013 10:39 PM (9 years ago)
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Hmmmo
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:39 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- papadip at 19-04-2013 10:46 PM (9 years ago)
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Shameful…!!! Shameful…!!!  Shameful…!!!
They say half bread is better than none…. This is no half-bread..
We should be far ahead than this one.
Is it even safe apart from armed robbers?
I am wondering if the president can sell 10 of the 11 jets in the presidential fleet,
16 of 17 ambulances and 20 of 23 cars assigned to the presidency
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....in order to upgrade the railway corporation to a modern and acceptable standard.
I forgot to include the helicopters as I did not have that info.
Overall I am not impressed… We deserve much better and I am very bitter.
Only god knows how much money was embezzled by all concerned and the Chinese contractors.
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:46 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bensah at 19-04-2013 10:59 PM (9 years ago)
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Why only from north to south what if i wanted to travel to EAST from lagos by train,what will i do? discrimination in a mordern way.still we are ONE Nigeria Sad
Posted: at 19-04-2013 10:59 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- toibeli at 19-04-2013 11:08 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: papadip on 19-04-2013 10:46 PM
Shameful…!!! Shameful…!!!  Shameful…!!!
They say half bread is better than none…. This is no half-bread..
We should be far ahead than this one.
Is it even safe apart from armed robbers?
I am wondering if the president can sell 10 of the 11 jets in the presidential fleet,
16 of 17 ambulances and 20 of 23 cars assigned to the presidency
........
....in order to upgrade the railway corporation to a modern and acceptable standard.
I forgot to include the helicopters as I did not have that info.
Overall I am not impressed… We deserve much better and I am very bitter.
Only god knows how much money was embezzled by all concerned and the Chinese contractors.

I agree with you completely, I hope somebody, somewhere will listen.
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:08 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mary11 at 19-04-2013 11:12 PM (9 years ago)
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Rubbish!they carry olden days train give una,una dey jump up dey hAppy

Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:12 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- Senegal at 19-04-2013 11:18 PM (9 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:18 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- smartiyke at 19-04-2013 11:18 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: Rihannaaa on 19-04-2013 07:12 PM
This one Na suffer suffer ooo  Grin Grin Grin

Real suffer suffer, why are people standing on a long distance train? Huh, Can someone tell me why people are seating on the floor?
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:18 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- smartiyke at 19-04-2013 11:20 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: Ifemylove on 19-04-2013 10:29 PM
23 and half hours in the train ?

Huh!
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:20 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- smartiyke at 19-04-2013 11:26 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: papadip on 19-04-2013 10:46 PM
Shameful…!!! Shameful…!!!  Shameful…!!!
They say half bread is better than none…. This is no half-bread..
We should be far ahead than this one.
Is it even safe apart from armed robbers?
I am wondering if the president can sell 10 of the 11 jets in the presidential fleet,
16 of 17 ambulances and 20 of 23 cars assigned to the presidency
........
....in order to upgrade the railway corporation to a modern and acceptable standard.
I forgot to include the helicopters as I did not have that info.
Overall I am not impressed… We deserve much better and I am very bitter.
Only god knows how much money was embezzled by all concerned and the Chinese contractors.


I am with you on this buddy, why should people seat on the floor and some standing, on a long distance train? Crazy huh?
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:26 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- odprince at 19-04-2013 11:43 PM (9 years ago)
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suffer suffer will never finish in Nigeria..bad leadership
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:43 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Shegzan at 19-04-2013 11:45 PM (9 years ago)
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Kk!

Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:45 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- EmekaBlue at 19-04-2013 11:52 PM (9 years ago)
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Our black skin sabi dull tinz o...But na poor people go patranize dis style...& please Government maintain am & improve later on
Posted: at 19-04-2013 11:52 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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