FG kicks-off freight services on Warri-Itakpe rail line

FG flags-off freight services on Warri-Itakpe rail line

4/17/2021 7:12:00 AM

FG flags-off freight services on Warri-Itakpe rail line

The Federal Government on Friday flagged-off commercial freight services on Warri-Itakpe standard gauge rail line. The service is...

 The Federal Government, on Friday, flagged-off commercial freight services on the Warri-Itakpe standard gauge rail line.The service is expected to guarantee easier movement of high volumes of containerized cargoes containing steel, agricultural produce, oil among others.

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the service would boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), of the country and improve power supply.Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at the Ujevwu Rail Station in Delta state, Amaechi said: “We are here today, to flag-off commercial freight services on the standard gauge route that was abandoned for over 30 years but rehabilitated by this administration and put into operation.

“This will boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and enhance the socioeconomic development of the communities living along the route. The project is for the benefit of these communities and Nigeria generally, irrespective of political affiliation.”He also reiterated the federal government’s intention to link every part of the country via rail. headtopics.com

ADVERTISEMENTHe said: “It is the intention of this present administration to ensure that every part of the country is linked with standard gauge railway lines. Whilst, the Federal Government will continue to rehabilitate and maintain the existing narrow gauge, other state and zones will be availed with the opportunity of railway modernization project within their geographical zone.

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He called on the communities where the facilities are sited to make the best use of them by protecting the infrastructure from vandalisation.Also speaking at the event, the Governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, assured the minister that the infrastructure would be guarded.

Okowa who was represented by the Commissioner of Transportation in the state, Ovie Oghoore said: “Delta state wants to assure you that the infrastructure will be protected by the community and the state government as a whole because it will bring development and change the economy of this area greatly”. headtopics.com

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Speaking on the importance of the service, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Mele Kyari, said the project was designed to improve domestic gas supply for power generation.Kyari who was represented by the Managing Director (MD)of the Nigerian Gas Company Limited, Sheyi Omotawa, said: “Our choice of exploring the rail option for the haulage of AKK line pipes was propelled by our desire to mitigate all identified project and safety risks to as low as reasonably practicable while delivering the project in the right quality and time.”

Also speaking, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan who was represented by Senator Istifanus Gyang said the commencement of the service will relieve the roads of heavy-duty vehicles. Read more: The Nation Nigeria »

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