President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project.
The commissioning took place at the Railway Station in Ebute-Metta.
The 157 kilometer Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway covers the southwestern states of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, Buhari described the feat ‘‘as another milestone in the drive of this administration to revitalize the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.’’
The construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway began in 2017 and was expected to be completed in three years but readjustments to the initial construction plans, especially extension to the Apapa Port, effects of the coronavirus and other factors altered the timeline.
The project is estimated to have cost the federal government and partners more than 1.53 billion dollars.