Movement of Containers on Rails Commences

Rotimi Amaechi

Beginning from Tuesday (today) containers and oil tankers would start moving goods from Lagos ports through the newly acquired railway wagons to the north.

The goods would move to the dry port in Kaduna in the North.

The Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi had ordered some wagons for the Lagos-Ibadan railway for the purpose.

This measure was designed to ease gridlocks caused by heavy duty vehicles from Lagos roads.

In a move to curb the perennial traffic jam in Apapa axis, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) resolved to deploy the 18 newly imported wagons for haulage from Apapa sea port.

The Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, disclosed that the newly acquired 18 wagons are to boost the inland container dry port business by moving cargos from Apapa sea port to dry ports in Kaduna and other states.

The NRC has the capacity to evacuate 20 footer and 40 footer containers from the Apapa ports to Ijoko and Abeokuta, both in Ogun State and Omi-Adio railway depots in Oyo State for onward transfer by parked trucks.

The trucks would evacuate the containers by road to their various destinations which most often is either the inland dry port in Kaduna or Kano.