PH-Maiduguri rail line construction to commence soon - FG

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the construction of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail line would commence soon
Emeh Joy

The Federal Government has declared that the construction of the eastern rail line which connects Port Harcourt-Bonny to Maiduguri will commence as soon as the Lagos-Ibadan railway project is completed in December 2020.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the declaration via a statement issued in Abuja by his aide, Taiye Edeni. However, he said the commencement of the eastern line was subject to approval by the Federal Executive Council.

Amaechi further outlined other projects which are in line to be carried out. Among the projects, he listed include the Kano/Maradi rail line and the Ibadan to Kano section of the Lagos to Kano rail line.

Amaechi was quoted in the statement as saying, "We have sent to the cabinet, the request for approval of two railway contracts, Port Harcourt-Bonny to Maiduguri.

"If that is awarded, that will be the next assignment for the Ministry of Transportation and also the Kano-Maradi line which passes through Kano, Dutse, Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibiya, Maradi".

Amaechi further added, "We are also pursuing the loan for the contract which has been awarded for the Lagos to Calabar rail line. We expect that Ibadan to Kano will commence before the end of this year".

Amaechi also noted that not much work had been done on the Apapa Station of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line. He, however, explained that this was because the building at the station just commenced.

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