$5.9bn rail: S'East not Excluded from Rail project - FG

By FactNews on 20/05/2017

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The Federal Government has said the South-East geo-political zone was not excluded from its  ongoing rail projects noting that its major rail projects are; Lagos to Calabar and  Lagos to Kano.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja by the Director of Press of the ministry, Yetunde Sonaike.

The Ministry also stated that the China Exim Bank loan would  be used to fund three  segments from the rail project.

Sonaike said: “The federal ministry of transportation wishes to state clearly that the south-east geo-political zone has not been excluded from the federal government ongoing rail projects.

“The two major rail projects of the federal government are the Coastal Rail Project from Lagos-Calabar, which traverse Lagos-Shagamu-Ore-Benin City-Sapele-Warri-Yenogoa.
“With siding to Otuoke-Port Harcourt-Aba-Uyo-calabar and branch line from Benin City Abudu-Onitsha, including Onitsha rail bridge. Lagos-Kano rail project will traverse Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan-Oshogbo-Ilorin-Jebba-Minna-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano, with branch line from Minna-Abuja and Abuja-Kaduna.

“The federal ministry of transportation wishes to state categorically that the loan from China Exim Bank will be used to fund the following three segments from the two major rail projects. Lagos-Ibadan, from Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan with extension to Apapa Port Complex with the segment two of Lagos-Kano.

“Kano-Kaduna, segment 3A of Lagos-Kano, Calabar-Port Harcourt, which will pass through Port Harcourt-Aba-Uyo-Calabar with extension to Onne Deep Sea Port.”

Recall that the Chairman of the Southeast Senators caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, had in a motion at the plenary on Tuesday, alleged the exclusion of Southeast from the $5.9billion rail Project. His motion however led to the summon of the minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi


Posted on May, 20 2017

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