With the inauguration of the Warri Itakpe rail station in Agbor, Delta State, due in a few days, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Transport, Honorable Rotimi Chibuke Amaechi have prioritised the security of passengers and others with the introduction of top-notch security baggage scanners in railway transportation across the country.
The Warri Itakpe station, connecting Kogi, Edo and Delta States, has been slated for inauguration on Tuesday, September 29, in fulfilment of the promises of the administration to deliver on some of its big projects in infrastructure before the end of the year.
To complement the initiative, the Nigerian Railway has successfully installed world-class security baggage scanners with super high speed electronic digital passenger screening point and notification sign across the railway station IDU terminal and more.
Identified as the first of its kind with a unique design technology worldwide, the ASNL TB 100/100 has the capacity to scan through baggage and luggage at the same speed, processing and breaking down all contents packed at the fastest advanced inbuilt technology.
These scanners also have inbuilt display detection system for safety and suspected dangerous substance. Also, its high-speed detection system is at five seconds per luggage with video image CT of detecting objects for analysing and tracing, assisted by an easy wheel for movement with programmed lock for and against vandals.
With this development, it is safe to say the authorities in the transportation ministry have made the safety of Nigerians in the railway system as important to the government.
Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Eng. Fidet Ohikira, while praising President Buhari and Amaechi for making the initiative come through, has encouraged Nigerians to be patient so they could see more of the transformation already taking place in the railway sector of the economy.
According to him, “We will not stop until all the railway stations are fully equipped with security gadgets. Our passengers are of great value. We want to ensure lives and properties are safe, while not forgetting the great boost this brings to our economy through interstate transport logistics.”
On his part, the CEO of Advonics Group Ltd, the company overseeing the project, Mr. Emmanuel Egboh, said, “It’s my desire and joy to see this project come to life while ensuring that the safety needs of the people are in line with the requisite security measures that are fully in place.”