Former Governor or Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi inspects Itakpe rail station, Warri.
Today, Amaechi started test run of the newly delivered coaches on the Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail line, The Eagles learnt.
The Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line has a length of 276 km and links Warri in Delta state to Ajaokuta in Kogi state.
The rail service has 12 stations with two located between Itakpe, Ajaokuta and Warri. They include Itakpe; Eganiy; Adobe; Itogbo; Age Ebode; Uromu; Egehen; Igbanke; Agbor; Abraka; Okpara and Ujewu stations
The line, which was started in 1987, was built to move iron ore from mines around Itakpe to the steelworks at Ajaokuta but was abandoned for many years before construction resumed during Buhari’s first term in office.
In 2017, Amaechi announced that the railway would be completed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation ( CCECC) and Julius Berger.
The minister said the government was funding the revival of the project at a cost of about $200 million.