Buhari to commission Itakpe-Warri speed train Tuesday

All is set for President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard gauge train, Nigeria’s first standard gauge system by Tuesday.

The Nation reports the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Managing Director Fidet Okhiria as saying the President will not be physically present but will conduct the inauguration virtually.

He disclosed that that Minister Rotimi Amaechi will lead members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as well as other government delegates at the event.

Okhiria said the inauguration will take place at the Goodluck Jonathan Train Station at Agbor, from where the inaugurators and others will take a short train ride to Abraka and back to Agbor, to signify the inauguration of the train and beginning of commercial operation on the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridor.

The Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri is Nigeria’s flagship and first standard gauge train, having been kicked off in 1983 (37 years ago) as an industrial line.

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