Commercial operation has begun on the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri railway in Nigeria. The 326-kilometre, single-track project, built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), runs from the southern oil hub of Warri near the Atlantic coast northwards into the major iron ore producing region in Kogi state.
A commissioning ceremony was held on September 29 in Agbor, a town in Delta state. Speaking at the ceremony via live stream, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari cites projections showing that the operation of the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri line will generate close to a million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of freight annually.
The line will play a critical role in transporting iron ore from the central Itakpe to Warri port, and promote the development in the agricultural and mining sectors along the route.