In 2 weeks’ time, it would be possible for travelers to travel by rail from Ajaokuta in Kogi to Warri in Delta state.

The 276-kiolmetre standard gauge rail line linking the two towns, which has been under construction for more than 30 years, is finally ready.

According to Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC boss Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, it was heart-warming that the standard gauge rail line would finally come alive as part of efforts of the Federal Government to deliver functional and modern rail system.

He, however, said that the new train would run while the rebuilding of the vandalised railway stations along the route and signalling system is ongoing.

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Okheria said this was to avert fresh vandalisation of railway equipment in the area by hoodlums who took advantage of the prolonged abandonment to wreak havoc on the facilities initially erected there.

“In two weeks’ time, we want to ride on the train from Itakpe-Ajaokuta to Warri. This will enable us to assess what they have done and to know when the full operation will be inaugurated,” he said.

The NRC MD expected that the line would be fully opened to members of the public for use by August.

Recall that the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, while inspecting the project in Warri last year had hinted that the new rail line would start operation at the end of the second quarter this year.

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