President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the commercial operations of the Lagos-lbadan Railway project at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Ebute Metta, Lagos State on Thursday, 10th June, 2021.
Disclosing this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari described the railway station as another milestone in the drive of his administration to revitalise the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.
He also pointed out the benefits of the Lagos-Ibadan railway as well as other ongoing railway projects across the country.
According to the statement, Buhari said: “This vital line establishes an end-to-end logistic supply chain in railway transport within its short corridor, Lagos — Ibadan, as goods to the hinterland would now be transported by rail directly from the Apapa port Quayside straight to the Inland Container Depot located in Ibadan from where it can be distributed to other parts of the country.
“In clear recognition of the challenges posed to our economic growth by the absence of strong and effective infrastructure, we have in the rail sector, further to other ongoing railway infrastructure projects, embarked on the completion of the outstanding segment of the Lagos — Kano railway, which is Ibadan — Kano.
“The Lagos — Kano railway project when completed will link the Kano — Maradi line at Kano and a rail link from the Nigeria southern ports of Lagos to Maradi in the Niger Republic will be achieved.
“The connection through rail would position Nigerian ports as the choice for import and export business of the people of landlocked Niger Republic.”