Lagos-Kano Rail Line

The Lagos-Kano rail line has officially begun freight operations.

This announcement was made by Bayo Onanuga on his X handle on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

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According to the Minister of Transportation, a trial run transporting import containers from Apapa Port in Lagos to Dala Inland Dry Port in Kano took place a few days ago.

In May, Senator Sa’id Alkali visited the site in Kano State for an on-the-spot inspection of the project. He reported that the rail line has been connected to the Zawaciki Dala Dry Port, located in the commercial hub of Kano.

Senator Alkali stated, “During our regular project inspection last month, I mentioned that we plan to resume freight services on the old narrow gauge rail line from Lagos to Kano in June after completing rehabilitation. Recently, we successfully conducted a trial run, moving numerous 40-foot containers from Lagos to Kano in just a few days.”

This trial run covered a distance of 1132 kilometers, with approximately five locomotive driver changing stations at Ibadan, Offa, Mokwa, Minna, and Kaduna Junction.

Through the Nigerian Railway Corporation, a regular inspection mechanism has been implemented to prevent vandalism of rail tracks, including the removal of clips and fish plates.

Senator Alkali added, “I am delighted to announce to Nigerians that today, June 6, 2024, the Federal Government led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will officially launch the reopening of this corridor for freight.”

This significant railway route is expected to create numerous business opportunities and facilitate the movement of import and export goods between these crucial regions in the country.

The minister further noted, “It is our intention that this railway service will facilitate the transportation of a substantial number of import and export containers, leading to improvements in transportation services, a decrease in road traffic accidents, lower costs of goods, and a boost to our Gross Domestic Product.”

He emphasized that their dedication to the continuation and successful conclusion of current projects is guided by the principles outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The President has consistently shown his commitment to supporting initiatives that aim to improve the transportation sector in the country.

Senator Alkali concluded, “We are confident that if future governments adopt the same forward-thinking political dedication shown by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we can realize the Nigeria we aspire to.”