- Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has said that the federal government is working on a coast line to link Lagos, Ogun, Benin and Rivers
- Amaechi made this revelation before the the House of Representatives committee on land transport on Tuesday, December 11
- However, the committee urged the minister to make sure that the nation-wide project benefits all states in the country
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, December 11, revealed said the federal government is working on the construction of a coastal rail line from Lagos, through Ijebu Ode, Ore and Benin City, to Onne Port in Rivers state.
Amaechi further disclosed that the federal government would soon connect the FCT and the capitals of the 36 states with rail lines, Punch reports.
Speaking to the House of Representatives committee on land transport in Abuja, he said: “We are looking at the coastal rail lines that the previous government of President Goodluck Jonathan awarded that connects from Lagos to Ijebu-Ore-Benin, then from Benin to Agbor-Asaba back to Benin to link Sapele-Warri-Yenagoa-Onne Port."
Amaechi said the drive to connect major cities in Nigeria through functional rail lines was part of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plans 2018-2020.
Moreover, the minister confirmed that work had commenced on Idu- Kaduna standard gauge rail line, adding that work on Iju-Lagos rail line would have been concluded in January 2019.
He further told the lawmakers that work had started on at Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line, while the Owerri-Port Harcourt line would connect the Eastern flank.
Amaechi added that work was ongoing in other parts of Nigeria, including the Damaturu-Maiduguri rail line, Makurdi-Enugu rail line, Jos-Bauchi and Gombe rail line and Itakpe-Ilorin rail line, among others.
Amaechi further said there were plans by the ministry to establish the federal universities of Transportation in Katsina and Rivers states, as well as a deep seaports at Bonny in Rivers State and Warri in Delta state.
The chairman of the committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin and members urged Amaechi and his team to ensure that all parts of the country benefitted from the national railway inter-connectivity project.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that state.
The planned construction of the N18 billion project in the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to start in 2019.
Amaechi addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, September 11, said there is nothing special about building the university in the president’s hometown since “Daura is also part of Nigeria”.
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