- Nigeria is making progress in its steady but consistent investment in rail infrastructure
- The investment in rail infrastructure started under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, but the Buhari government has taken it higher
- Tolu Ogunlesi, a media aide to the president has shared a list and timeline of the government's massive investment in rail infrastructure
Tolu Ogunlesi, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on digital and new media, has listed the five major rail infrastructure and investment of the current administration.
Ogunlesi, an accomplished communication, and public policy expert before his foray into governance took to his Twitter page to list the projects.
He went on to say Nigeria has never before seen this kind of commitment to rail infrastructure and investment.
He listed the projects to include:
1. 2016 - Completed Abuja-Kaduna rail
2. 2017 - Started Lagos-Ibadan rail (completing in 2021)
3. 2018 - Completed phase 1 of Abuja Metro
4. 2020 - Completed Itakpe-Warri rail and
5. 2021 - Commenced Kano-Maradi rail
Ogunlesi's list comes on a day President Buhari presided over the virtual groundbreaking ceremony of Kano-Katsina-Jibya-Maradi, with a branch line to Dutse railway project at the State House, Abuja.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the federal government signed a $1.959 billion contract document for the commencement of the Kano-Maradi and Kano-Dutse railway project.
After signing the contract on behalf of Nigeria, the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi disclosed that the project contractor, Mota-Engil Group, has also agreed to build a University as part of their corporate social responsibility.
According to Amaechi, in 2019, the government sent 300 Nigerians to China for training in railway engineering.
He said in 2021, the government will send another 300 to Portugal to study the technology in the building of the Kano-Maradi rail line, which he noted is purely European.
Meanwhile, passengers plying the Abuja-Kaduna train route can now heave a sigh of relief as e-ticketing services have now commenced.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) announced the commencement of e-ticketing for train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route recently.