The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has today 29th September 2020 inaugurated the newly completed Warri-Itakpe-Ajaokuta Rail Line system for commercial operations and ancillary facilities yard. The ceremony took place at the recently christened Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex in Owa Oyibu, Agbor, in the State of Delta. The President, who directed that efforts be increased to link both ends of the line to Apapa, Onne, Warri, and Calabar ports on the southern end; and FCT in the northern end.
These additional extensions are meant to “significantly improve overall transportation and economic capacities. The President declared that his administration recognised the importance of the railway mode of transportation as a vital backbone to support industrialization and economic development.” The Presidency explained.
Conducting the Commissioning via virtual means, the president said that the rail line will be connecting through diverse peoples and cultures and will contribute to the strengthening of the unity of the country while improving the country’s transport potentials and economy.
The rail line construction began as far back as 1987, during the military dispensation, but endured a long torturous time of abandonment and neglect, until the administration of Muhammadu Buhari decided to ensure its completion and construction of several stations along the rail line.
The Minister for Transportation, Rótìmí Chibuike Amaechi, reiterated that the project was executed through budget and not via loans.