Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri railway project in Nigeria begins commercial operation

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The 326-kilometer Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri railway that runs from the southern oil hub of Warri near the Atlantic coast northwards into the major iron ore producing region in Kogi state, Nigeria, has commenced commercial operations.

The single-track project, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) was commissioned by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the ancillary facilities yard, at the recently named Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex in Agbor (Owa-Oyibu), Delta State.

The project will link people from different cultural backgrounds and play a critical role in transporting iron ore from the central Itakpe to Warri port, and promote the development in the agricultural and mining sectors along the route subsequently expanding trade and commerce which will lead to better standards of living for the West African Country citizens.

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Buhari said projections indicate that the operation of the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri line will generate close to 1 million passenger volume and approximately 3.5 million tons of freight per annum. He also instructed the Federal Ministry of Transportation to link all the nation’s ports of origin and destination – Apapa, Tin Can, Warri, Onne, Calabar Ports – to the rail network to enhance overall transportation and economic capacities.

Plans to operate three vertical and five horizontal lines crisscrossing the country

The Nigerian Railway Corporation has plans to eventually operate three vertical and five horizontal lines crisscrossing the country and linking up with its major ports.

Another line, from the capital city Lagos on the Atlantic coast running northwards to the city of Kano, is currently being constructed in segments. Much of it runs parallel to an old British-built rail line which had fallen into deterioration.

There are already long-distance north-south services in operation from Lagos to Kano and Port Harcourt to Kano, but the network needs to be built up for more efficient freight and passenger services.

8 thoughts on “Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri railway project in Nigeria begins commercial operation”

  1. Hello Fola,

    I was informed by a local that the vandalised rail tracks have been repaired/replaced and train service (from Ajaokuta to Warri) has recommenced operation. I believe it’s safe to travel but if still in doubt, why not head to the nearest train station to find out?

  2. Pls with the issue on ground base on wat some boys went and remove nut Nd trying to cut d iron of d railway road I don’t no if d train still working for NW bcs I want to travel dis week

  3. Great work Mpofu.
    Good records are being kept of your organization of events in West African construction transport sector

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