The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to compel persons transporting cargo along the Lagos/Ibadan highway in trucks and heavy duty vehicles to use the rail system.
Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said the idea is to preserve Lagos/Ibadan road when the rail reconstruction is completed.
Amaechi stated this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the minister, effective from June 2019, the Federal Government would have completed work on the rail project linking the Western and Northern axis to begin the transportation of cargo.
“We believe that by next year, we will begin to encourage those who transport by trucks between Lagos and Ibadan to use the rail. We believe that before the end of June, we will start running from January but, we may not be able to carry enough cargo, we will be able to do that by June/July.
“At that point, most of the trucks carrying cargo going to Ibadan must be on the rail, so that we can save the Lagos/Ibadan road,” the minister stressed.
The Transport Minister said FEC approved contract for the building of a freight office in Jibia, a border town between Kastina State and Niger Republic.
He said: “We awarded the national freight office in Jibia for the sum of N551,810,060 and the contract is to last for 36 weeks. You know that the national freight office is usually located at border post. So, the border post between Katsina and Niger Republic, that is where it is located.”