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Maiden Train Cargo Trip Set To Decongest Apapa Port

The train is expected to make this crucial trip three times daily, ensuring a continuous flow of goods to various parts of the count


Photo of a maiden cargo train.

 

The first-ever train cargo trip carrying containers from Apapa Port to Ibadan has set in motion a transformative initiative aimed at alleviating congestion and enhancing efficiency in Nigeria’s transportation sector.

The development comes as a result of the efforts of the Minister of Transportation, Senator Said Alkali, who inaugurated the loading of 30 coach container wagons on September 12.

The maiden train cargo trip, which commenced on Wednesday marks a milestone in the ongoing mission to relieve the burden on Apapa Port and streamline the movement of goods across the country categorized with traffic congestion and logistical bottlenecks at Apapa Port.

The train is expected to make this crucial trip three times daily, ensuring a continuous flow of goods to various parts of the country.

The initiative is poised to revolutionise Nigeria’s logistics landscape, with the goal of transporting 90 trucks of 40-foot containers daily.

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Embracing rail transport, the government aims to minimise the traffic congestion that has plagued the Apapa area for years, leading to significant economic losses and hampered trade activities.

Moreover, the shift is set to help reduce the wear and tear on roads, enhance safety, and contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly transportation system.

The journey from Apapa Port to Ibadan, which spans approximately 130 kilometres, was completed with utmost efficiency and punctuality.

The 30 coach container wagons, loaded with a diverse range of goods, embarked on their maiden voyage, showcasing the potential of rail transport in Nigeria.

The expansion is not only set to enhance connectivity but to also foster regional integration and bolster economic growth. Plans are already underway to expand the network and establish similar container transportation routes to other key locations across Nigeria.