(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Government has flagged off commercial freight services on the Warri-Itakpe rail line, according tothe Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Amechi disclosed that the inauguration of the services was done in partnership with the Nigeria Railway Corporation and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation which is meant to move materials for the AKK gas pipeline project and other freights.
The Minister further said that patronage on the route had risen by over 200% in the last couple of months as it was becoming a preferred means of transportation for travellers between Abuja, Kogi, Edo and Delta States.”
The next phase of the line is expected to extend to the Federal Capital Territory. President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the 326 km rail line for commercial operation in September 2020.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The flag-off of commercial freight services on the Warri-Itakpe rail line, will greatly boost the country’s GDP & enhance the socio-economic development of communities along the route. It will link people across cultural divides and expand the frontier of trade and commerce, which will lead to better standards of living for Nigerians.