By Lawrence Enyoghasu
The Railway District Manager, Lagos, Mr. Jerry Oche, has said that the usual Christmas gridlock that grips Apapa port was minimised by the introduction of Apapa/Ebute-meta/ Ijokodo freight.
Oche made the assertion in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun yesterday, while speaking on the innovation of freight movement within Lagos, adding that the management had to pull a tank wagon from the Kano station to serve the congestion in Lagos last year.
According to him, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) had risen to the cry of the manufacturers who had beckoned on it to save their businesses and also used the opportunity to clear the air that there is no tribalism in the service of the people.
“We are not tribalistic in our dealing, rather, we are short of equipment. There is a long list of customers to serve and before it goes round, it might take months. There is no back door dealing; we have procedures. The last festive period, we had to pull a tank wagon from Kano to augment what we have here in Lagos and it was still not enough.
“We did it to serve our customers better. We also agree that we are not running a charitable organisation; that they are all our customers and must be treated accordingly. They must have patience with us. Who does not like to prosper?” he queried.
Oche assured that the system would continue as long as the Buhari government continues to show the same interest since he assumed office, adding that the Kaduna-Abuja track would serve the people better.