President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated 326 km Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line for commercial operation. At the commission which was done virtually, President Buhari described the rail project as an important link for the country’s economy and added that the rail line will link people across the cultural divides and expand the frontier of trade and commerce.
The President made this disclosure in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. “The Railway Infrastructure that I have the honour to commission today is the rail line from Itakpe via the steel town complex of Ajaokuta to Warri, and is an important link for the country’s economy as the central rail line.
“This Government has also approved to link this line further from Itakpe to Abuja, thereby, connecting the Northern Zone of the country and also extending southwards to link the Warri Ports,” he said.
The President said further that he has approved the prioritisation of viable railway routes for either new rail lines or the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some, to achieve effective and efficient train services supporting the country’s trade and commerce.