After 35 years of its abandonment, the Federal Government officially commenced a test run of the
Itakpe-Ajaokuta- Warri standard gauge line on Friday.
The Minister of Transportation Mr Rotimi Amaechi was led on the nine hour ride which took him through the entire 154 kilometre stretch by the Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Mr Fidet Okhiria and other top officials of the NRC.
The test run is sequel to opening the line for commercial activity, which according to Amaechi may begin by September.
The line was Nigeria’s foremost industrial line, originally conceived to exclusively service the solid mineral belt, taking iron ore from Itakpe to Ajaokuta and Jakura and transporting finished products as well as bringing foreign components from Warri.
Amaechi and his team rode in a first class standard gauge coach.
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