Nigeria to commence Standard Guage Rail Services

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says the Nigerian Government will soon ensure that all the states are connected to rail services very soon to boost commercial activities.

The Minister stated this during the monthly inspection of the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Railway Line in Lagos.

According to him “as you can see now, every month we must be meeting to review the challenges that we have encountered from the project and the achievements the contractor have made.

“So far; today we have assessed them, and we are maintaining that by December 2018, we will commence commercial services on this rail.

“That is the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari who has insisted that we must ensure the whole country can be accessed by rail.

“Yesterday, I inspected the works done from Itagbe to Warri; and from Abraka and Agbo.’’

Right-Left: MD Nigeria Railway Corporation, Engr.Fidet Okhiria,Minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi and Chief Project Coordinator,CCECC Leo Yin during the Inspection

The minister recalled that the contract for the project was awarded in 1987, but was later abandoned.

He said that with the rail services across the country the road will last longer than before, would eliminate traffic and reduce long queue on the road.

According to him; the nation’s economy cannot progress without logistics, and logistics is transportation”.

He said that the nation’s roads would last longer if freight transportation is transferred to railway.

Amaechi said that the Nigerian Government had also approved sourcing for loan to construct the rail lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and would cover and serve both the South East and the North East parts of the country.

The minister who appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the assurance that government would deliver the project at the appointed time, noted that many job opportunities would be created in various communities as a result of the projects.

 

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