Yesterday I commissioned the Lagos -Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Line, and inaugurated full commercial operations.
We will continue to prioritise the railway system as a transportation backbone that can transform industrial and economic activity in the country.
From the beginning of this administration, railway infrastructure development has been given the priority it deserves and various milestones have been reached:
In 2016 we completed and commissioned the Abuja – Kaduna railway line, in 2018 we completed and commissioned the Abuja Light Rail.
In 2020 we completed and commissioned the Itakpe-Warri Rail line, a project which has traversed several administrations since construction began in the late 1980s.
And then yesterday we commissioned and flagged-off for full commercial operations, the Lagos – Ibadan railway project – a project on which our administration started construction in 2017, and completed in 2021.
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.
I commend the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for his drive and tenacity in achieving the milestone recorded today, and also the wonderful team in the Ministry, for a job well done.