The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that the Federal Authorities is about to begin 4 new rail line initiatives in numerous components of the nation.
The listed rail line initiatives embrace Ibadan-Kano, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, Kano-Maradi and Lagos-Calabar rail traces.
This disclosure was made by Amaechi whereas talking on the annual ministerial press briefing on programmes, initiatives and actions of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its companies on Friday in Abuja.
What the Minister of Transportation is saying
Though the Minister introduced that the Federal Authorities was about to start out the rail traces undertaking, he was not particular on the precise dates the initiatives would begin.
Amaechi, in his assertion, stated, “Now we have awarded the next contracts and we’re about to start out and we now have even tried to unravel the monetary issues. It’s because we now have the issue of getting to rent consulting engineers.
“Those we’re about to start out embrace Ibadan to Kano, we’re ready for funds from China. We’re about to start out Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, we’re ready for the cupboard to approve consulting shares. We’re additionally to start out the Kano-Maradi and Lagos to Calabar.
“However one factor that’s distinctive about these contracts is that the president early sufficient directed that each one rail traces should stagnate on the seaports.
“That’s the reason there could also be a little bit of adjustment within the pricing of Kano-Maradi as a result of we now have to regulate it to hyperlink as much as Kano-Lagos in order that it could terminate at Lagos seaport.’’
The Minister identified that the 185.5km Lagos-Ibadan double commonplace gauge line with extension to Apapa seaport was nearing completion, whereas the 186km Abuja-Kaduna and 302km Warri-Itakpe commonplace gauge traces had been accomplished and had been practical.
What this implies
- The assorted rail line initiatives are a part of the bold plan by the Federal Authorities to create a nationwide rail community that’s meant to assist in the nation’s diversification efforts, away from crude oil.
- A few of these rail initiatives can even assist to decongest the Apapa ports in Lagos and function a route for the import and export of products within the West African sub-region.