The Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line was conceived in 1984. The rail line was originally conceived to serve as a heavy-duty carrier of raw materials to service Ajaokuta Steel Company, Aladja Steel Company and National Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe, Kogi State.

But for some unexplained considerations, the government abandoned the project.

Now, 34 years after, the standard gauge rail line will be ready for commercial use next year.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while addressing journalists at the Agbor Railway Station 7 shortly after inspecting the facility.

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According to Amaechi, “Considering the number of years it had been lying fallow without being put to any use, the facility will now serve the dual purpose of ferrying passengers across the region as well as its original purpose of conveying raw materials to feed Ajaokuta, Aladja and Itakpe”.

This, Amaechi said, was the reason why some platforms and eight stations were being built to extend to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, to cater for the needs of passengers.

The minister explained that the 302km rail line, the longest in the country, would move 900 passengers daily when in use as from next year.

Eight out of the 12 stations from Itakpe to Warri have been built, while work is ongoing on the remaining four stations.

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