Railway begins work on the flood-affected rail track

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Work has begun in earnest in Osogbo to rehabilitate the portion of the railway track that was washed away by heavy rains on the night of Tuesday, 7th August 2021.

On a visit to the scene of the devastation Thursday, it was observed that heavy equipment have been moved to the site by the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

Residents of the area who spoke with this medium stated that the response from the corporation was indeed a surprise as they have done everything within a very short space of time and with speed.

Clement Goriola, a resident stated that before the flood affected the railway track, the line was always busy as train services to and fro Lagos and Ilorin always passed through it thrice in a week.

He explained that since he moved to the area, the noise from the arrival and passing of the engines have always been a company, but that in the past few days that it stopped due to the affected railway track, it was as if life has stopped in the area.

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On her part, Mrs Anike Olareti commended the Nigerian Railway Corporation for speedily coming to reconstruct another culvert for the area.

She stated that it was the best thing to do in order to restart the Lagos to Ilorin corridor of the North West railway link.

In their reaction, a social welfare nonprofit organisation, Urban Alert has commended the swift reaction of the railway authorities to putting the railway track back in shape.

They also acknowledged that the corporation has decided to construct a bigger culvert which is hoped to properly channel the waters and thereby prevent another flooding incident.

Speaking, Oluwatobi Ayodele, Associate Programme Officer for the organisation revealed that indeed work had begun and was ongoing at the site.

Ayodele expressed optimism that the new culvert will accommodate the volume of water and also bring to an end the problem of flooding in the area.

It had reported a few weeks ago that a portion of the railway line in Osogbo had been eroded by flood after a heavy downpour that affected most parts of the state capital.

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