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FG moves to complete N40bn central rail line

THIRTY years after construction work commenced on the 276-kilometre standard gauge rail line linking Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri, and abandoned with most of the equipment vandalized, the Federal Government has renewed plans to complete the rail line project. The project, otherwise called the central railway line, was initially planned to be delivered in five years, with an estimated N40bn needed to fully get the line delivered to Nigerians. The Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri standard-gauge line which will transport iron-ore from the Itakpe mine to the Ajaokuta and Delta Steel plants, and coal from Warri to Ajaokuta, was abandoned due to poor funding.

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