Transport ministry seeks approval to rehabilitate Portharcourt to Maiduguri railway

The Ministry is seekingPresident Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for the rehabilitation  of the Portharcourt – Maiduguri  narrow gauge.Minister , Rotimi Amaechi, told newsmen in Abuja that while waiting to get the loan to construct the standard gauge, it would be easier to commence rehabilitation of the narrow gauge lines.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President had earlier given approval for the construction of the standard gauge, the seaport in Bonny and Portharcourt industrial park.Amaechi said:“If we start pursuing the money to construct Porthrtcourt -Maiduguri now in case of loan,  we may not get the loan easily.

 “So why not give us permission to do two things at the same time. While looking for the money for the standard gauge, allow us to rehabilitate the narrow gauge.“ The president is a bit more determined that we construct a standard gauge, if we to wait, we may not get the to construct the standard gauge now.“ In the ministry we thought, why not rehabilitate the narrow gauge, rebuild the stations, extend to Damaturu  in Yobe  and extend to Bonny in Rivers  so we can bear it when we get the money  for the standard gauge,” he said.

Ibadan to Kano railway project, Amaechi reiterated that the contract had been awarded and the ministry was awaiting the from the Ministry of to commence construction.He added that the ministry was also compelling the contractors to finish the project which was to last six years in three years to enable president Buhari commission the project before leaving office in 2023.

Speaking passenger surge Abuja-Kaduna railway route,  the minister said more coaches had arrived the country to ease the surge.“The coaches are in the country, they’re having transportation problem.“I requested for approval for CCECC to transport them to Kaduna, I hope they won’ argue about the transportation of those coaches to Abuja.“Ten Coaches are expected Abuja -Kaduna railine, comprising of two locomotives(diesel motorcars unit) and eight coaches, while the other ten will be used for the Lagos -Ibadan railway,”

Amaechi said.The minister said that work was moving rapidly on the Lagos -Ibadan railway project , adding that in the next three to four ,  the first contract should be completed.NAN reports on Nov. 22, 2019, Amaechi told newsmen that the Federal Government has started for the commencement of the construction of the to Maiduguri rail line.

The rail line, according to Amaechi, will go through several states including Abia, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Nasarawa, Rivers, , Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe.(NAN)

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