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Nigeria Now Transport Cargo, Trucks Using Rails - Photos

The Federal Government of Nigeria for the very first time may seem to be taking the railway sector very seriously and this time around, leaving no stones unturned to eradicate the menace of the trucks on Lagos roads and across the country.

Last year, the former minister of transportation, Mr. Rotimi Ameachi said the federal government has procured some rail wagons which will be used to for the trucks and containers across the country. The Narrow-Gauge is the old line which currently runs between Lagos-Kano.

AutoReportNG was in Ebute-Metta of the Nigeria Railway Cooperation to access and inspect the level of works being done at this compound and one of the things that caught our attention is that the NRC has started using the rail to transport containers to other parts of the country. From our assessment, the containers are coming from Kaduna and they are already in Lagos in less than 4 days. We also noticed that the new wagons were being used which is an indication that they started work not long as speculated.

It will be recalled that the Kaduna Dry Port was commissioned in April to help reduce the pressure on Lagos Seaport and also to decentralize their activities, Ibadan Dry Port is under construction and will be ready for use before September.

With this singular act of using the rail for our cargo, Nigerians can move around freely especially Lagosians as the road will be free and traffic will reduce. It will be on record that the Federal Government has issued a presidential order that all trucks and trailers along Lagos roads should be evacuated, so far the order has received 85% compliance with some of the trucks still seen in areas like Apapa, Ijora-7up, Mile 2 among others.

These are some of the images AutoReportNG got for you exclusive from the NRC Ebute-Metta Compound.

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