Nigeria commissions Itakpe-Warri Rail Line 33 years after work started
Nigeria on Tuesday commissioned the Itakpe-Warri Rail Line and the Railway Ancillary Facility Yard, 33 years after the contract for the construction was first signed by the government.
Minister of transportations, Rotimi Ameachi said the project was fully funded by the government without external borrowing.
According to him, the Facility Yard combined with the Station in Agbor are known as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex while 8 of 10 Stations on Itakpe-Warri Rail are in the South-South region.
“Negotiations already underway for financing to extend #ItakpeWarriRail to Abuja (via Lokoja and Baro Port), and for an extension on the Warri end to a new planned Deep Sea Port,” Ameachi was quoted in a tweet by presidential social media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi.
He said the project started in 1987 (33 years ago) and suffered prolonged abandonment and massive vandalisation while the contract for the construction was for a 51km rail link between Itakpe and Ajaokuta, in 1987, and later an extension from Ajaokuta to Warri (Delta Steel Company,