The Nigerian federal government has awarded a $50m (N7.6bn) contract to complete the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project.

Work involves building the final 22km rail section of the railway from Ovu to Warri.

Construction includes track extension of the Aladja Delta Steel in Warri, building six new stations and renovating the initial 254km rail line.

Work will be carried out by firm Julius Berger, also the total project’s main contractor.

The contract marks a revival of the project, which had been stopped for three years over payment issues with Julius Berger.

The Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail project is expected to support the construction of East-West lines for a better national transport system as well as improve trade for the Ajaokuta/Aladja steel plants.