The proposed Lagos to Calabar rail line will connect ten states in the country, with twenty-two stations. It will run accros the Nigerian coast, from Lagos to Calabar. It will pass through states like Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River states. Journeys will be possible from Lagos to Calabar by train, when this proposed project is completed.
Also connected, the Itapke-Warri line has reached final stages of completion. When this is done, it will be possible to travel by rail to Agbor or Warri in Delta state, via Uromi, and Agenebode from Ajaokuta. An extension of this project is also in the works, where passengers will be able to hop on a train in Abuja, and arrive in comfort at Warri in Delta state, passing through Ajaokuta, Itapke, Okene, etc. An extension of the Abuja-Kaduna railway line to Kano will also bring the northern axis into the fold. It will then be possible to travel in comfort, all the way from Kano to Warri by train.
These projects are being planned in conjunction with financiers and contractors, who are mainly Chinese. The already completed projects and the ongoing projects are all Chinese connected. The government plans to finance the projects using largely foreign loans. Especially in this period of low income generation caused by the the corona virus pandemic. Though there are fears in some quarters that these loans might put the country in a debt trap if the projects are not viable enough to pay back these loans in the agreed time.
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