The Federal Government has proposed stiffer penalties for railway vandals as it has recommended charging the culprits for manslaughter.
The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known while speaking to journalists at the ministerial media briefing at the statehouse in Abuja.
Amaechi during the briefing explained stricter enforcement of the law on vandalism would reduce the frequent theft of rail tracks and consequent loss of lives on the rail.
While speaking to the journalists, Amaechi also announced that Nigeria and China have signed a contract to locally manufacture train coaches in five years adding that an agreement has also been signed for the Chinese to build a factory that would be commissioned by December 2021.
He also revealed that the federal government is planning to establish a university in Daura, Katsina state to help localize railway technology adding that 300 Nigerians have currently been sponsored to understudy rail technology in China.
Giving updates on the infrastructural projects the government is currently executing, he disclosed that the Kaduna – Kano railway is billed to be flagged off in two weeks while vowing that the Lekki Deep Seaport will also be completed before the end of the current administration.