Nigeria’s Push Towards Freight Rail

Nigerian government is implementing a coordinated cross agency infrastructural plan to revive ports and old railways track in a bid to boost road to rail haulage of goods and containers.This has been successfully achieved between Apapa ports, Lagos and the northern part of Nigeria and between Warri port and the north central part of the country

Few days after the announcement that the government is to commence rail haulage of containers from Apapa ports to the northern part of the country,the nation has also completed the revitalisation of old Warri Port alongside the appointment of a concessionaire to manage the port.

The Warri port mostly used by Julius Berger,a German construction company has a unique feature as there is a direct rail link between the port and central part of Nigeria ,Itakpe located in North central state of Kogi.Warri is located in midwestern Nigeria.

The Itakpe-Warri railway line whose construction started almost 24 years ago was completed by the present administration late last year.The railway completion project was reportedly launched at the same time the Warri project was awarded.

Checks showed that with the completion of the Warri port and the Warri-Itakpe railway link,a new rail route for movement of goods and containers have been created between the northern and southern parts of the country.

Already the rail link between Apapa port and the main rail link to the North have been firmed up ,leading to the announcement by the government that containers will from next month be moved by rail to the Kaduna dry port in North Western part of the country.

Railway Business magazine was told that three Nigerian agencies namely the Nigerian Shippers Council,the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Railway Corporation are joining hands to create an intermodal transport system to boost trade and business.

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