Buhari approves construction of two new seaport, Bonny, Lekki

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Workers stand along a prototype rail line, to be constructed by China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), during the ground breaking for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan rail line project at the Ebute-Metta headquarters of the Nigerian Railway Corporation in Lagos on March 7, 2017. Nigeria's acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed off on the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line modernisation project to be executed by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC). The project, when completed, will open up direct transit from the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, to Ibadan, in the heart of the south west. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura, and Jibia local government area of Katsina state.

This was disclosed by Rotimi Ameachi, the minister of transportation, at The Osasu Show Symposium — which borders on the economy and its effects on the less privileged — in Abuja on Friday.

According to Ameachi, the president also approved rail lines from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic.

Amaechi said the transportation infrastructure in Nigeria has been mismanaged for many years, and so much has to be done to restore the railway activities, and drive the economy.

“GE came here and announced that they would give us 100 locomotives, we did the audit of our; our narrow gauge can’t carry 17 locomotives, so by October 1st to October 2nd, we would be lauching about six to ten locomotives, because our narrow gauage cant carry more than that,” Amaechi said.

“Government said concession this narrow guage, and we have successfully done that to the extent that we are able to sign an agreement with GE. By October GE will take over the narrow guage and begin to run from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.

“When they stop at Umuahia, economic activities will be at Umuahia; the Umuahia station will become an economic hub. We the Ibos in Umuahia will be able to establish shops and sell goods we would like sell.

“That station from Port Harcourt to Aba, Aba to Umuahia, Umuahia to Enugu, Enugu to Makurdi, Makurdi to Jos, Jos to Bauchi, Bauchi to Gombe, Gombe to Borno.

“The president has also approved another rail line from Kano to Daura to Jibia and we hope to connect Jigawa from there and to Niger Republic.”

Amaechi said the rail line from Itakpe to Warri will be resucitated by the 2018, after 30 years of neglect. He added that the rail line will also connect Itakpe to Abuja.

“When we came, there was no rail contract connecting any of the seaports, and the president gave a directive for Lagos-Calabar to connect pORT Harcourt seaport, Onne seaport, Calabar seaport, Warri seaport and either Apapa or Tincan seaport.

“He has approved the construction two new deep seaports, one in Bonny, and the Lekki deep seaport.”

The Osasu Symposium was attended by Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia state; James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, Obong Victor Attah, former governor of Akwa Ibom state, and Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo state.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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