During his first official visit to the rail line, the Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, inaugurated the first cargo movement from the Lagos-Ibadan rail track.
The minister began his trip at the Ebute Meta station before travelling to Apapa for the launch and then to Ibadan over the 157-kilometer rail track.
As the maiden freight movement began, three coaches of 30 waggons were loaded.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation stated that it would begin with three coaches every day, but that the corporation had the capacity to increase the number.
The current undertaking aims to alleviate congestion at the Apapa port, since it has been observed that shippers utilised the facility for 92.28 percent of Nigeria’s overall exports and 60.77 percent of imports during the first quarter of 2022 (Q1’22).