- President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that all seaports should have rail complement
- The president projects that there will be standard gauge railways across the main north-south trading route by the end of 2021
- Major inland river channels are also being dredged with adequate channel markings for ease of navigation
President Muhammadu Buhari says he has directed all seaports in the country to have rail complement.
He made the disclosure on Monday, September 17, during the opening of the International Association of Ports and Harbours Conference in Abuja, Punch reports.
He said: “This administration that I am privileged to lead is committed to rebuilding infrastructure that supports multi-modal means of transportation from the ports to the hinterland.
“So, for starters, I have directed that every port must have the complement of rail infrastructure. Our projection is that by the end of 2021, we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.”
Buhari further stated that serious attention is also being given to the improvement of road infrastructure across the country.
He said: “At the moment, 25 major highways and 44 roads are under construction across the six geopolitical zones of the country, just as we have insisted on the stimulation activities on our inland waterways.
“Major inland river channels are being dredged with adequate channel markings for ease of navigation all the way through the eastern and northern parts of the country. That is the only way to go if we plan to remain competitive in the maritime industry.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, while on a two-day official visit to Lagos state, used the opportunity to meet with the developers of the Lekki Deep Sea Port.
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman and Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos state were at the meeting.
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