FG promises to start Eastern rail line construction soon

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that after the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project by December, the Federal Government would commence construction of the Eastern rail line which connects Port Harcourt-Bonny to Maiduguri.

The Minister said this in Ibadan, after inspecting the extent of work done on all the stations across the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.

He said, “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 Transport.

“Also the Kano – Maradi line, which passes through Kano, Dutse, Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibiya, Maradi.

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

He went on to state that the planned commencement is subject to approval by the Federal Executive Council.

And also reacted to the accident that occurred in Oshodi on Monday.

In his remarks concerning the accident that occurred in Oshodi on Monday, he said the Ministry would team up with the Lagos State government to ensure the fencing of the tracks which he said has already began in some parts.

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaech
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaech

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