By Ismaila Argungu, Gusau
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has resumed its Cattle Cargo Services. Lagos Railway District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, told newsmen that 510 cattle were recently moved from Gusau in Zamfra to Lagos.Cattle traffic refers to the transportation of cattle via rail, especially from the Northern part of Nigeria to the South.
Oche said: “Today, we are happy by the resumption of our cattle cargo services after such a long time. We moved 510 cattle from Gusau in Zamfra to Lagos; and hope to do two or three trips weekly.”
Mr Edeme Kelikume, Managing Director, Connect Raul Service, said that moving cattle by rail over such a long distance was faster, cheaper and safer.
“The cattle traffic started by 3a.m Friday and before 4p.m Saturday they will be in Okooba in Agege area of Lagos. 90 of the cattle have been dropped at Abeokuta and 420 would be received in Lagos.
“Transporting animals by rail ensures they are protected from the exposure to sun or rain as would have been the case if they were moved by trucks. We have two veterinary doctors on board and enough food and water for the animals,’’ he said.