Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State governor, has said Nigeria may have succeeded in solving Lagos traffic jam, as the newly constructed standard gauge rail track has the capacity to move up to 5000 containers just by one train in one day.
Amosun stated that the new infrastructure project would take many people and goods off Lagos, as many business activities would be moved to the rail corridor, adding that would it take less than 30 minutes to travel from Lagos to Abeokuta.
Speaking on the test running of trains on the track, Amosun listed many benefits that the new rail would bring, adding that the rail project would revolutionize Nigeria.
“In all developed Nations, 80% of their freight is conveyed by rail, and why they do that, of course, is to take burden off their roads.
“It is going to help our economic indices, because it will now be easy for us to move our goods to anywhere, either you are going to Kano, you are going to Onitsha, or you are going to Aba, number one, the time it will take will be shortened, the problem that it will take will be lessened.
“So clearly now we can move 1000 containers or even 5000 containers just by one train in one day”.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of Transportation, had organized a test run of the newly built rail track to mark the completion of the Lagos-Abeokuta route, of the Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project, Lagos-Ibadan Section.
The minister, who declared three months free ride for passengers on the train to and from Lagos and Abeokuta, said the free train ride was part of efforts to showcase President Mohammadu Buhari’s improvement on infrastructure delivery promise.