Rail upgrade prompts cement shipments

Rail upgrade prompts cement shipments
Published: 30 December 2010

The Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC), in partnership with Larfage Cement Nigeria, has commenced cement haulage from its plant at Ewekoro to depots in Ijoko, Ogun and Agege, Lagos State on 23 December.

Mr Rasheed Gbadamosi, the NRC manager, Western District, disclosed this at a news briefing in Ibadan yesterday. He said that an agreement to this effect was reached between the managements of the NRC and that of Lafarge Cement on December 13.

He said that 300 tonnes of cement was expected to be moved daily from Monday to Saturday, amounting to 1800 tonnes weekly. "We hope to increase this capacity as soon as there is demand for it by Lafarge. This traffic is backed with about 24 covered wagons and one of our latest locomotives."

He also expressed delight at the rehabilitation of rail tracks across the country and expressed confidence that the Chinese engineering firm handling this national project would meet the December 2010 deadline.

Lafarge Cement Nigeria, formerly WAPCO, was established in 1959 by UK manufacturer Blue Circle. Its first factory built in Ewekoro, Ogun began operations in 1960 while its factory in Sagamu, also in Ogun region, was established in 1978.