The Federal Government has approved the commencement of the Port Harcourt – Kano rail project. The Minister of transportation,Rotimi Amaechi who spoke to Journalists after the inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari, will perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern rail corridor on 9th March, 2021.
He further disclosed that the President has also approved the redirecting of the Eastern line to two new spurs namely: Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and Awka, Anambra State.
Amaechi further said government is also negotiating loans for Lagos – Calabar rail project.
Responding to questions on the take-off of the Ibadan-Kano rail project, Amaechi said that the government is still seeking approval for a loan to enable it take off.
On the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, the Minister said that he has challenged Messrs. China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) to deploy global acceptable safety and security standards for the project. He directed that central cooling system be installed in the four major train stations along that route.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi disclosed this during inspection tour to all the stations from Mobolaji Johnson Station at Ebuta Metta to Ibadan station over the weekend.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Chairman, Board NRC, Ibrahim Alhassan, Managing Director Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, Acting MD, TEAM, Francesco Fiermonte, some Directors of the Ministry were among those at the inspection.