By Tope Sunday
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi yesterday said the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri standard gauge rail lines would commence commercial activities in August.
Amaechi told newsmen in Abuja that the ministry was putting in place all the necessary facilities to ensure that the rail lines start operation, explaining that seven coaches were being expected to arrive the country today for rail transportation.
According to him, the federal government hoped to complete the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri, Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Kano, as well as the Lagos-Port Harcourt standard gauge line before December.
Speaking on its present challenge, the minister said the Lagos-Ibadan rail line was being obstructed due to water pipes, sewer pipes and gas pipes across the rail corridor, which must be removed.
Amaechi said he would meet with the Lagos state government to deliberate on how these challenges could be resolved to increase the progress of work.
He further said that the government had approved that the rail line should get to Niger Republic, which would resolve the transportation challenge of those importing goods.