Ajaokuta-Otukpo Rail Line: Senate Calls For Speedy Completion

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The Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Transportation to speedy the completion of the construction of the Ajaokuta-Otukpo rail line.

The upper chamber advised the Ministry to incorporate the construction of siding rail to Okaba in Ankpa Local Government Area to ease transportation of coal to the various end-user companies. The lawmaker, in his motion, underscored the need for the speedy completion of the rail line from Ajaokuta to Otukpo in order to facilitate operations of the Ajaokuta Steel Company and boost other economic activities through the ease of transportation.

Speaking further, Isah noted that three major ceramic companies in Nigeria (West African Ceramics Company, BN Ceramics Company Ltd, and Royal Ceramics Ltd) all located in Ajaokuta are major users of Okaba coal, and currently utilize road transportation to move coal to their various locations.

He stressed that with the attendant high costs associated with the transportation of coal, the same are passed over to the final consumers by way of high prices of their products.

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