The turn of the 21st Century saw the sharp decline of freight or cargo movements by the railway system in Nigeria. It was first with petroleum products, then cement, livestock, general goods, country produce and containers. The recent and huge investment profiles in renewals and infrastructural improvements on the railway network had yielded pockets of passenger train services, and no meaningful freight train services. The Lagos Ibadan Standard gauge line, the ground breaking ceremony of the Kano – Maradi line, and the recently conducted ground breaking ceremony of Port Harcourt – Maiduguri old railway line, are new initiatives that are intended to help in the freight distribution system in Nigeria, by rail.
In all the above, the populace appears to be confused, just as the business community are, regarding the role of the railways in our national economic drive. This stern from the fact that the two standard gauge lines of Abuja – Kaduna and Warri – Ajeokuta, are passengers traffic heavy, while the Lagos – Ibadan line is yet to be fully linked to the Apapa Port Complex. This confusing state of affairs and an attempt to streamline the intentions of the Government are at the core of what this Breakfast Meeting will address. The Institute will endeavour to get all stakeholders to have a look at the developments around the railways and the direction such developments are taking in relation to its role in freight distribution system in the country.
VENUE: VICTORIA CROWN HOTEL
DATE: 21st May, 2021