The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has said it will take nigeria more than N3 billion to replace what had been lost to the bomb attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail route.
He made the statement yesterday while addressing newsmen. He said the unfortunate event could have been avoided if a N3 billion digital security equipment had been acquired.
“We knew what the problem would be. We knew we needed to have digital security equipment. We applied for it.
“Because if we had those equipment, you will see nobody on that track. And I warned that lives will be lost. Now, lives are lost. Eight persons dead, 25 persons in the hospital. We don’t know how many persons have been kidnapped. And the cost of that equipment is just N3 billion. The cost of what we’ve lost is more than N3 billion. We’ve lost tracks, we’ve lost locomotives and coaches. We’ve lost human beings. And the equipment is just N3 billion.
He also stated that fixing the damages will cost more than N3 billion noting that the things they say give them approval to buy in his remark he said “at the time we asked for it, dollar was N400, now it is N500. When you come with sincerity to government and your colleagues and people are stopping you, it is annoying.”
Meanwhile the suspected bandit attack has killed at least eight person, more injured, and others kidnapped.