The minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi said that "The President has said All rail lines must terminate at a Sea Port." This is in reference to the ongoing development in rail transportation in Nigeria.
Rails are like veins that carry the blood of the economy. Linking rail lines to the ports will make transcription of exportable goods from all over the country easy, and distribution of imports across the country easier. Nigeria currently imports refined petroleum products, which is then transported across the country using tankers. This is time consuming, dangerous, and bad for our roads. If railway lines are linked to the ports, petroleum products can be transported faster, and safer, using rail lines to depots around the country.
The Ajaokuta to Warri line will be connected to a new port in Warri. This line will eventually be connected to Abuja. This Lagos to Ibadan line, and the Lagos to Kano line will be connected to the Lagos ports. The ports can easily be decongested this way.
This has been done successfully in other African countries like Kenya where the rail line from Mombasa to Nairobi is for passenger trains during the day, and for cargo trains during the night.
We can also consider connecting Inland ports and cargo airports by rail lines with time.
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