Buhari Approves Extention Of Rail Line To Niger Republic

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extention of rail line rail to Niger Republic.

This, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday said will help resolve the issue of transportation challenge of those importing goods.

He also said the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard gauge rail lines would commence commercial activities in August.

Amaechi told newsmen in Abuja that the ministry was putting in place all the necessary facilities to ensure that the rail lines start operation.

He said seven coaches were expected to arrive the country on January 11 for rail transportation.

According to him, the Federal Government hopes to complete the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri, Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Kano, as well as the Lagos-Port Harcourt standard gauge line before December.

Speaking on its present challenge, the Minister said the Lagos-Ibadan rail line is being obstructed due to water pipes, sewer pipes and gas pipes across the rail corridor, which must be removed.

Amaechi said he would meet with the Lagos State Government to deliberate on how these challenges can be resolved to increase the progress of work.