Nigeria Needs $16bn for Railway Projects – Amaechi

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Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said about $16 billion is required to actualize the modernisation of the Eastern flank of the Nigerian Railway.

The Eastern flank starts from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri cutting across Aba, Owerri, Enugu, Umuahia to Markurdi, to Abakiliki, and to Awka, Lafia down to Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and to Damaturu and ends at Borno.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

According to him, President Buhari was very pleased with developments in the transport sector.

He said, ‘‘You are aware that we have gotten approval for the eastern flank of the Nigerian Railway modernisation which has to do with from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri cutting across Aba, Owerri, Enugu, Umuahia to Markurdi, to Abakiliki, and to Awka, Lafia down to Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and to Damaturu and ends at Borno.

“And also the other railway from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic I need to brief the President about how we are progressing with negotiations of loans and others and our possible financiers.

“I also need to brief him about the current activities going on in the Lagos/Ibadan axis and what we intend to do to complete the Lagos/Kano railway. It is basically about my office.