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Newly laid standard rail gauge, for Itakpe-Waeei route

Major rail project in Nigeria stalled for over thirty three years, the Itakpe to Warri standard gauge rail has been completed and ready to be commissioned.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, made the declaration when he inspected the rail project by test running with the installed facility from the hills of Itakpe whose areas are endowed with abundant iron ore, to the Warri port.

Amaechi, also seized the occasion to announce that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that, the Agbor train terminal be named after the immediate past President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.  

Transportation Minister also announced another policy directive that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had also instructed that henceforth, all rail project must terminate at the sea port.

It will be recalled that construction of the 327km standard gauge rail, with 12 stations, was flagged off by the regime of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, in 1987, and later abandoned. Successive governments made attempts but without the will power to complete it until the current dispensation presided by Muhammadu Buhari and superintendent by Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi

According to the tweet by Ajuri Ngelale, “the New $3bn+ Warri Seaport/Rail Contract Will Link Itakpe to Ajaokuta, to Abuja With a Spur to Lokoja On One end. The other phase of the project Ngelale  highlighted, was the Construction of a New Warri Seaport on the other end, With High Speed Rail that will link the New Port To The Warri-Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Lokoja-Abuja Line.

Itakpe is a town in Kogi State, Nigeria. The Itakpe Hills in and around the town of Itakpe contain very pure deposits of iron ore. The National Iron Ore Mining Company is located here. It supplies the steel works of Ajaokuta and Aladja, as well as producing ore for export.

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