FG seeks to Link Neighbouring Nations By Rail ―Amaechi

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Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Wednesday at a seminar organised by the Abuja Transport and Aviation Correspondent Association (ATACA) announced plans by the Federal Government to build international rail lines that would connect Nigeria with neighbouring countries.

He was represented by the Director of Information, Yetude Shoneke reaffirmed the commitment of the government to build a robust Transportation Industry in Nigeria.

He revealed that the National Council of Transportation (NCT) meeting that was held in Sokoto recently concluded by setting up two Inter-Ministerial Committee to ensure the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and National Economic Council (NEC) regarding the National Transport Policy formulated by the Council to coordinate and drive the growth of the transport sector.

Amaechi stated that “the second Committee is to handle and resolve the face-off between the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the State Governments over the role and management of the Unified National Drivers License Scheme and other related matters.”

He said the government is working “assiduous to implement the 25 years Railways Master Plan which is targeted at making provision for some international linkages by rail to our neighbouring nations, thus leveraging the ECOWAS arrangement and other Continental protocols.”

He listed the transport reform bills to include the National Inland Waterways Authority Bill, 2015, which seeks to repeal the National Inland Waterways Authority Act Cap 47 LFN 2004; and the Nigerian Ports and Harbour Bill 2015, which seeks to repeal the Nigerian Ports Authority Act CAP 126 LFN 2004.

Others are the Nigerian Railways Authority Bill, 2015, which seeks to repeal the Nigerian Railways Authority Act CAP 129 LFN 2004; and the National Transport Commission Bill, which is an act to provide for the establishment of the National Transport Commission as an independent multi-modal economic regulator and other related matters.