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President Buhari visits Lagos for the first time in 3 years, to commission Lagos-Ibadan railway line

President Muhammadu Buhari will arrive in Lagos tomorrow to commission the 156km Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway line, the first double-track standard gauge rail line in West Africa.

Also, presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, in a Facebook post on Wednesday, wrote, “President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow (Thursday), commission the 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos, the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa, and the first Nigerian railway line to be started and completed by the same administration, since 1960.

“Construction started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020.

“The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers.

“President Buhari is committed to developing a modern national railway network that will connect every part of Nigeria, and promote trade, travel, tourism, commerce and national integration. — Presidency.”

Motorists and commuters are expected to be slightly inconvenienced as the President’s visit is expected to affect traffic flow due to the closure of some roads.

The last time the President visited Lagos was on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, during the tenure of All Progressives Congress Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

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