By: Hadiza A. Garba
The Federal Government has declared that the Lagos-Ibadan railway project is completed in December this year the construction of the eastern rail line which connects Port Harcourt-Bonny to Maiduguri will commence immediately.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who made the declaration in a statement issued by his aide, Taiye Edeni, said the commencement of the eastern line was, however, subject to approval by the Federal Executive Council.
Amaechi outlined other projects in line for commencement to include the Kano to Maradi line and the Ibadan to Kano section of the Lagos to Kano rail line.
He was quoted as saying, they 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 Transportation and also the Kano-Maradi line, which passes through Kano, Dutse, Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibiya, Maradi.
Amaechi said much work had not been done on the Apapa Station of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line and explained that this was because the building at the station just commenced.