Buhari Okays Coastal Rail Lines


*Approves $11.17bn to Link All Coastal Cities in Six Years.


Ade-Ade Bosun, Abuja


The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, approved the sum of $11.17bn for linking all of the country’s coastal cities by rail. The project is to be completed in six years.
Briefing newsmen after the virtual FEC meeting on Wednesday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, presented memos on the commitment by the federal government to expand and consolidate on the rail project.
According to Lai Mohammed, the first memo is on the Kano-Jibia rail while the other is the Port Harcourt-Maidugiri rail. He added however, that apart from approving funding for the immediate commencement of the two rail projects, the major proval that got approved at the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is the ratification of the president’s approval for the award of contract for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Standard Gauge line.
“The first one has to do with the Kano-Jibia rail and the other one has to do with the Port Harcourt-Maidugiri rail. Actually, what was approved today was funding to ensure that work starts immediately on those two rails.
And then, also another memo that was approved today was the ratification of the president’s approval for the award of contract for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Standard Gauge,” Lai Mohammed explained.
The minister added that the coastal rail lines begins from Lagos through Shagamu to Ijebu-Ode from where it will veer to Ore, onward Benin City.
From Benin City, it will link Sapele, Warri omward Yenogoa, Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar before linking Akamkpa, Ikom and Obudu Ranch. The will also branch off from Benin-City to Agbor, Ogwashi-ukwu, Asaba, Onitsha and Onitsha Bridge from where it will link Port Harcourt abd Onne Deep Sea Port.
“This particular route is very important especially for our coastal economy. The cost of the project is 11.17 billion dollars,’’ Lai Mohammed said.

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