The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said on Monday the country might return to the use of old locomotives to keep the train service on track.
The minister, who disclosed this to journalists during the inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan project, apologised to Nigerians over last weekend’s breakdown of a Kaduna-Abuja passenger train.
He said the contractor and the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) had been asked to effect repairs on the train.
Amaechi said Kano-Maradi rail project would address the problems of bad roads in the country.
He said: “The essence of that line is for us to be able to transport cargo, not just from the Niger Republic but from neighbouring states.
“We are not competing well with Togo, Benin Republic, Ivory Coast and Ghana over cargoes that come from the landlocked states.
“The excuse given for the poor competition by Nigerians is that our roads are bad, criminals attack them at police and Customs checkpoints. They are not able to do business due to the high cost of transactions.