OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the Itakpe-Warri rail line and facilities for commercial operations.
The project was built by German construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, which was represented by a delegation led by the company’s Executive Director, Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, as the Managing Director, Engr. (Dr.) Lars Richter, was unavoidably absent due to a pre-scheduled engagement for which he is presently outside the country.
The President performed the commissioning virtually from his office in Abuja where interfaced live with the ceremony via telecast.
The event which held simultaneously at both the President’s Office and at the Agbor Delta State physical venue of the commissioning ceremony, was attended by the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, his Edo State counterpart, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi as well as his counterpart from the Federal Ministry of Information, Mr. Lai Mohammed.
Others were the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo and traditional rulers from all across the Niger Delta.
Bayi, who said it was his singular honour and privilege to stand before the august gathering also said he was at the event in a representative capacity to deliver Julius Berger’s Managing Director’s goodwill message for the commissioning of the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Railway facilities. Dr. Richter,
He traced the history of the Itakpe – Ajaokuta –Warri railway project to 1987 when the contract for the Construction of 51Km Railway line linking the Itakpe Iron Ore mine with Ajaokuta Steel Mill was awarded to Julius Berger, and was later extended to include from Ajaokuta to Warri (Aladja Steel Plant and Jetty).
The completed Railway and railway service facilities, Bayi said, include the maintenance Workshop and Warehouse; the Vehicle Maintenance depot and Workshop; the Railway Trucks Refuelling Station; First Aid Station; and the furnished Railway Station Offices
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