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New engines to revive Benin-Niger railway

Benin has purchased three new engines to revive the acti vities of the Benin-Niger Joint Railway Company (OCBN), which has recently suffered a hitch, official sources sa id here on Monday.

The Indian-made engines, which cost FCFA1.50 billion (US$2 million), will enable the company resume work after several months of inaction due to its ageing facilities.

The firm will thus be able to fulfil several contracts including one on the tran sport of granite blocks as part of the fight against coastal erosion and the construction of two wharfs in the Cotonou Ports Authorit y.

Three other engines will be ordered in the next few days, the authorities said, while revealing that several other measures were underway, including the payment to railway workers of five months outstanding sa laries out of the 10 months owed them by the company.

Once the economic jewel of the two states, OCBN fortunes have been deteriorating , with a loss of several billion CFA francs and strong financial constraints due to a drastic loss of operating resources.

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