President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that the newly commissioned Itakpe-Warri railway line t be extended to link with Abuja creating a direct line between the north and the south.
The President said this should be achieved before the end of his tenure as President in May 2023.
He gave the directive while virtually commissioning the 326km Itakpe&Warri Railway and ancillary facility yard from the Conference Hall of the State House in Abuja.
The President also directed that the railway stations be renamed after Nigerians who have contributed immensely to nation-building.
President Buhari commended all who in the 33 years of its creation made the project a success urging host communities for the rail line to maximise the potential which the rail line avails them.
The Itakpe-Warri railway line is 276 kilometres and it links Warri in Delta State to Ajaokuta, in Kogi State.
The rail service has 12 stations.