By Nats Odaudu

The 157 kilometres Lagos-Ibadan railway project will be commissioned for full commercial activities tomorrow Thursday.

The President, Muhammadu Buhari will be commissioning the project at the Ebute Metta Station now known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station.


A final inspection of the project by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday has revealed that the project is now ready for the occasion.


However, the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), the contractors of the project are still on site putting finishing touches in some of the stations visited.

The minister had disclosed that apart from moving passengers along the ever busy route, it is also aimed at ensuring the movement of cargo from the seaport at Apapa using the train as a means to decongest the ports.

“You can actually take a train to the seaport, but that is not just the end, we want to make sure that we are in position to move cargos from the seaport straight to the train, instead of transporting them a little further to put them on the train,” he said during an earlier inspection.

During the inspection of  the various terminals and stations including; Apapa, Ebute Metta, Agege, Agbado, Kajola, Papalanto, Abeokuta, Olodo, Omi-Adio and Ibadan, where he interfaced with the team of project supervisors, and the contractors, the minister kept insisting on thoroughness.


The President will also be commissioning the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure also known as the Deep Blue Project of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The Nigerian maritime domain and the Gulf of Guinea had seen spikes in piracy and armed robbery at sea. But since the deployment of assets under the Deep Blue Project began about two years ago, there have been drops in such security breaches.


The Deep Blue Project is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Defence and it is being implemented by NIMASA, with participation from the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, and Department of State Services.

The Deep Blue Project aims to prevent illegal activities in the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), enforce maritime regulations, enhance safety of lives at sea, and prevent illegal activities in the inland waterways. In February, the Federal Government added the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA), off the coast of Lagos, to the areas under the protection of the Deep Blue Project.


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