History Of Itakpe Iron Ore ( Train Station)

History Of Itakpe Iron Ore ( Train Station)

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Itakpe is a town in Kogi State, Nigeria. The  Hills in and around the town of Itakpe contain very pure deposits of natural iron ore. The National Iron Ore Mining Company is located there at Itakpe. It supplies the steel works of Ajaokuta and Aladja, as well as producing ore for export purpose.


NIOMCO Staff School is situated in Eika Camp, Itakpe. It comprises of two blocks – senior and junior. They follow the well known British curriculum. English is the main language while French is the other language to learn.


Itakpe has five (5) main colonies- Koch, Clemessy, Soframines, Special Guest House and Camp 1.
1. Koch: built by the Germans, with facilities like a swimming pool, bakery, sports club, and park. The houses are quite large and spacious.

2. Clemessy: it is a British colony. One of the houses has a good underground swimming pool.

3. Soframines: a French colony, with mango and orange trees in this particular colony.


Most of the Nigerians wear the traditional dresses. Main food crops are Yam, Cassava and Corn. Traders bring most of the vegetables from the city of Jos. People mostly use cow milk for their dairy products. Traders from various cities sell precious stones, wooden handicraft, leather items etc. for reasonable prices.


Itakpe Railway Station
Itakpe is the inland terminus of the Itakpe–Warri Railway, a standard gauge railway that passes by the Ajaokuta Steel Mill on it’s way to the Atlantic Ocean port of Warri. There are plans to extend the line from Itakpe over to Abuja, where it will connect to the standard gauge network that is under the connection.


THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA (FGN) began to show great interest in the establishment of an Iron ore and Steel Industry in the country as far back as 1958, well before the advent of the oil boom period.
History Of Itakpe Iron
Thus, having realized and accepted the great importance of steel in the Technological Advancement of the Nation, the Federal Government Of Nigeria by Decree No. 19 of April 1971, established the Nigeria Steel Development Authority (NSDA) to plan, operate and maintain Iron Ore Steel plants in the country as well as to carry out steel raw material surveys, suitability tests and mining operations.

In connection with Techno-Export (TPE) of USSR, the NSDA carried out geophysical and geological investigations on different Ore Sites. The most promising deposit was located at Itakpe Hill close to Okene in Kogi State.

Detailed investigation established the reserves to be about 200 million tonnes with an approximate iron (Fe) grade of 36%. Decree No. 60 of 19th September, 1979 dissolved the NSDA and established six companies, one of which was Associated Ores Mining Company (AOMC). AOMC was later renamed National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO) in February 1987 till date.


The 326 km Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri railway in Nigeria has already commenced  commercial operations.

It runs from the southern oil hub of Warri near the Atlantic coast northwards of the area into the main iron ore producing region of Nigeria that is in Kogi state.

This single-track project, built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), was commissioned by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the ancillary facilities yard at the recently named Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex in Agbor (Owa-Oyibu) in Delta State.

Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri line will generate close to about one million passenger volume and approximately 3.5 million tpa of a freight.

It will also be linked to all the nation’s ports of origin and destination — Apapa, Tin Can, Warri, Onne, Calabar Ports — to enhance overall complete transportation and economic capacities.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation has planned to eventually operate three vertical and five horizontal lines crisscrossing the country and linking up with all it’s major ports.

Another line, from the city of Lagos on the Atlantic coast running northwards to the city of Kano, is recently being constructed in different segments.


ITAKPE town is very popular probably because of the National Iron ore Mining company (NIOMCO) located at the town. The staff school in this NIOMCO is considered as one of the best schools in Okene and Kogi state as a whole due to the sound academic standard and conducive environment.

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