Buhari Commissions Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project

The Lagos – Ibadan railway project was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, who described it as “another milestone in the revitalization of railway projects to enhance economic activities in Nigeria.”

The project, according to the president, is part of the Lagos to Kano railway project, which already includes an Abuja-Kaduna segment.

According to him, the railway project is receiving the attention it requires, and after the Lagos to Kano project is completed, it will connect to Maradi in the Niger Republic.

He also praised Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, for his perseverance and drive in seeing the railway project through.

During his remarks, the minister of transportation stated that this is the president’s third rail project.

“First it was Abuja-Kaduna, then Warri-Itekpe, and now Lagos-Ibadan,” he said.

“This is one project started and ended by this present administration.”

The standard gauge rail project, according to Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, is a proof of the federal government’s investment in Lagos State, for which the state is grateful.

“It is indeed a pride to see a project start and end within the life span of an administration.

“The social and economic importance of this project can not be over emphasised.

“The commissioning of this rail line has made it possible for people to work in Lagos and live in Ibadan,” the governor stated.

Mr. Jiang Yigao, chairman of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), which managed the project, said the business has been in Nigeria for 40 years and that the project is one of its largest.

Engr. Alhassan Musa Ibrahim, chairman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Board, also stated that the project faced numerous hurdles, but that the federal government’s perseverance achieved its completion.

The Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project, with an extension to Lagos Port at Apapa, begins in Lagos, Nigeria’s major port city, and goes north-east through Abeokuta to Ibadan, an industrial hub.

The main line is 156.8 kilometers long, with a 6.51-kilometer extension to Apapa Port. It connects three of the most important states in the south-west, namely Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo.

With a design speed of 150 km/h, the project follows China Railway Standard. It is a standard gauge double-track railway with diesel traction and an automatic blocking system.

The project includes 21 big and medium-sized bridges totaling 6.08 kilometers, 12 frames bridges, 256 culverts, 25 overpasses, and ten stations. The track-laying project covers a total distance of 380.03 kilometers.

The project will strengthen Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure and improve the national railway network’s layout.

It would improve interstate connectivity in the states of Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo, as well as speed up the industrialization and urbanization of regions along the line and promote integrated economic growth. The operation of this rail line will facilitate mass passenger movement, alleviate traffic congestion on the road, minimize the number of road accidents, and improve traveler safety.

The completion of the project will also enhance decongestion of Lagos Sea Port and increase the throughput capacity for better development of the Port with positive influence on the Lagos region.

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