FG to link Tin-Can Island Port to rail line

June 7, 2024

The Federal Government said it has initiated plans to construct a rail line to link Badagry to Tin-Can Island Port and Tin-Island to Lagos Port Complex Apapa.

The Minister of Transportation, said Alkali, who disclosed this on Thursday, said the proposed rail line will also link Lekki to Ijebu Ode, and Ijebu Ode to Kajola which will connect the route from Lagos to Kano and Kano to Maradi.

He said this while flagging off a narrow gauge freight train service from Dala Inland Dry port in Kano to the Lagos Port Complex Apapa.

Alkali, said the development of a modern, safe, secure, and sustainable transportation network was a priority of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

According to him, the newly commissioned project and several others undertaken under the rail modernization project are targeted at accelerating the realization of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu.

He also said the restoration of freight services will bring down the cost of transportation, reduce the cost of doing business, save the roads by reducing the menace of road traffic accidents, and boost the country’s GDP.

“The fixing of the narrow gauge for freight from Lagos to Kano was carried out as a quick win to ensure the restoration of freight operation to the famous city of Kano as the commercial nerve of northern Nigeria without interrupting the ongoing construction of the standard gauge.

“Notwithstanding this laudable initiative, I am pleased to inform you that the construction of standard gauge from Lagos to Kano and Kano-Maradi is progressively ongoing at appreciable speed.

“As a testimony to this reality, the Federal Government recently secured financing for the completion of the Kaduna-Kano Standard Gauge ongoing rail project,” the Minister said.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhria said the commencement of the Kano-Lagos freight service will reduce pressure on the roads.

He said, “This makes NRC functional because people will appreciate NRC. We are moving 18 wagons and in the next 72 hours, it will be in Lagos. This is important because the tracks will be occupied instead of leaving it empty for vandals to destroy.

“This will affect the roads too because the lives of those plying the roads will be safer and the roads will last longer.”

Okhiria also said due to security challenges, freight operation will be between 7am and 6pm daily.

Source: Ships and Ports

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