President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of the Railway Complex in Agbor – the operational hub of the Itakpe-Warri line – after former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi announced the news on Saturday via Twitter.
Ogunlesi credited the news to Minister of Transport, Chubuike Ameachi.
The facility will now be known as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex, Ogunlesi said.
BREAKING | President @MBuhari has approved the naming of the Railway Complex in Agbor – the operational hub of #ItakpeWarriRail Line – after former President @GEJonathan. It will be known as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station & Complex — Minister of Transport, @ChibuikeAmaechi
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) July 18, 2020
The Transport Minister, Amaechi, also confirmed the renaming while noting that the test-running of the newly renovated rail line’s new coaches is still ongoing.
Today, we continued test-run of our new coaches on the completed Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail line.
We've named the largest station on this route – the Agbor railway facility and station after former President Goodluck Jonathan. pic.twitter.com/RZ8HtnigLi
— Chibuike.R. Amaechi (@ChibuikeAmaechi) July 18, 2020
The Itakpe-Warri rail line has a length of 276 km and links Warri in Delta State to Ajaokuta in Kogi State.
The rail service has 12 stations with two located between Itakpe, Ajaokuta, and Warri.
Other stations include: Eganiy; Adobe; Itogbo; Agenebode; Uromi; Egehen; Igbanke; Agbor; Abraka; Okpara and Ujewu stations.
The line, which was started in 1987, was built to move iron ore from mines around Itakpe to the steelworks at Ajaokuta but was abandoned for many years.