LAGOS CARGO – In a significant milestone for the Nation’s transportation sector, the Federal Government officially inaugurated freight services on the Apapa-Ibadan cargo rail in Lagos today. The Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, marked this historic occasion during his first official tour of the rail corridor.
Minister Alkali commenced his tour at the Ebute Meta station, where the excitement was palpable. From there, he proceeded to Apapa, where the official launch of cargo movement took place. The journey continued as he traveled to Ibadan, covering the 157 km rail corridor.
The inaugural freight movement saw three coaches of 30 wagons being loaded, symbolizing the commencement of cargo transportation on this vital rail route. The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), responsible for overseeing the rail network, has announced that they will initially operate with three coaches per day.
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The Managing Director (MD) of the NRC also emphasized the corporation’s capacity to scale up these numbers in the near future, promising enhanced efficiency and productivity for the nation’s rail freight services.