Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Sen. Said Alkali, has commended the maiden Lagos-Ibadan freight train service, recognizing it as a significant achievement for Nigeria’s railway projects.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, he emphasized the federal government’s commitment to building a robust transportation network to meet the needs of the country’s growing population.
The maiden freight train journey from Apapa Port in Lagos to Ibadan, carrying 30 units of 40-feet containers, showcased meticulous planning and diligent execution by the Ministry of Transportation and its partners.
Sen. Alkali reiterated the federal government’s dedication to realizing President Bola Tinubu’s eight-point agenda for a modern and efficient transportation system, highlighting the transformative potential of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project in enhancing connectivity, trade, and economic growth.
He noted that the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, a crucial component of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure, held immense potential to revolutionise the movement of goods and people.
“The successful initiation of the container freight train service signifies a promising future for the railway project, further solidifying its position as a vital backbone of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure.
“As the Lagos-Ibadan railway will continue to expand its operations and it is expected to play a pivotal role in alleviating congestion on roads, reducing travel time, and facilitating seamless movement of goods across the country.
“The maiden trip of the Lagos-Ibadan freight train service marks a significant milestone in the country’s railway projects.
“The completion of the rail project signified a major step in enhancing connectivity, boosting trade, and stimulating economic growth,” Alkali said.