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Nigeria Transportation

    Railways:
    total: 3,557 km
    narrow gauge: 3,505 km 1.067-m gauge
    standard gauge: 52 km 1.435-m gauge (1995)
    note: years of neglect of both the rolling stock and the right-of-way have seriously reduced the capacity and utility of the system; a project to restore Nigeria's railways is now underway

    Highways:
    total: 51,000 km
    paved: 26,000 km (including 2,044 km of expressways)
    unpaved: 25,000 km (1998 est.)
    note: many of the roads reported as paved may be graveled; because of poor maintenance and years of heavy freight traffic (in part the result of the failure of the railroad system), much of the road system is barely useable

    Waterways: 8,575 km consisting of the Niger and Benue rivers and smaller rivers and creeks

    Pipelines: crude oil 2,042 km; petroleum products 3,000 km; natural gas 500 km

    Ports and harbors: Calabar, Lagos, Onne, Port Harcourt, Sapele, Warri

    Merchant marine:
    total: 38 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 371,499 GRT/631,425 DWT
    ships by type: bulk 1, cargo 13, chemical tanker 3, oil tanker 20, roll-on/roll-off cargo 1 (1998 est.)

    Airports: 72 (1998 est.)

    Airports—with paved runways:
    total: 36
    over 3,047 m: 6
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 10
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 10
    914 to 1,523 m: 8
    under 914 m: 2 (1998 est.)

    Airports—with unpaved runways:
    total: 36
    over 3,047 m: 1
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
    914 to 1,523 m: 16
    under 914 m: 18 (1998 est.)

    Heliports: 1 (1998 est.)

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