The Federal Government has announced that the Warri-Itakpe railway has recorded a 200 per cent rise in passenger volume.
Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, announced this at the official flag-off ceremony of freight service between Warri and Itakpe on standard guage railway line on Friday.
The railway was inaugurated in September 2020 bt President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his speech, Amaechi said, “Only recently, precisely last year September, the President virtually inaugurated the Warri-Itapke standard gauge passenger train service.
“Reports available suggests that patronage on this route has increased by over 200 per cent in the last few months and is becoming a preferred means of transportation for communities along this route in Delta, Edo and Kogi states.”
He added, “We are here today, to flag-off commercial freight services on the standard guage route that was abandoned for over 30 years but rehabilitated by this administration and put into operation.”
Amaechi said the rail line would boost the Gross Domestic Product and equally enhance the socioeconomic development of the communities living along the route.
He said the freight service was a partnership between Nigerian Railway Corporation and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to move materials for the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipe project.