Nigeria promotes increased use of rail network for oil transportation
The Federal Government has given the go-ahead for the construction of additional rail lines to oil depots in Apapa, Lagos in a bid to ease traffic congestion on the roads. The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Idiris Umar disclosed this at the unveiling of 20 new oil tank wagons acquired by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Hon Umar said: “The Federal Executive Council has since approved an addendum for all the loop lines and sidings including links to the oil depots in Apapa. In addition, an addendum has also been approved for the upgrade of Signaling and Telecommunication system from Lagos to Kano.”
The Corporation’s Managing Director, Adeseyi Sujiwade said that the newly commissioned wagons would enhance the provision of haulage services to oil marketers. He stated that once commissioned, the 20 oil wagons would take some 30 oil tankers off the road, which will ease traffic congestion on the roads and reduce accidents and wear and tear on the roads.
He has appealed to oil companies to make the most of the upgraded rail tracks to move their products around the country. “With these wagons, you can be rest assured of safe and prompt delivery of your products by Nigerian Railway Corporation,” he said.
He admitted that following the rehabilitation of the Western line linking Lagos to Kano it would be necessary to acquire various categories of rolling stock.
He also revealed that NRC was already working on signing a memorandum of understanding with Total for the movement of petroleum products by rail.