Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that upon completion of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project by December, the Federal Government would immediately commence construction of the Eastern rail line which connects Port Harcourt – Bonny to Maiduguri.
Amaechi said the planned commencement is subject to approval by the Federal Executive Council, while listing other projects in line for commencement.
The Minister stated this in Ibadan, shortly after inspecting the level of work on all the Stations across the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.
“We 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 Transport. Also the Kano – Maradi line, which passes through Kano, Dutse, Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibiya, Maradi.”
He added that;
“We are also pursuing the loan for the contract which has been awarded for the Lagos to Calabar rail line. We also expect that Ibadan to Kano will commence before the end of this year.”