- Nigeria is currently working on new rail projects that will boost the country's economy
- Transport minister Amaechi disclosed this recently and also listed the four new projects
- The country is, however, has some financial issues to resolve and is waiting for China's help
The federal government of Nigeria says it is set to embark on the construction of another set of railway lines in addition to the ones already completed or currently under rehabilitation.
This much was revealed by the minister of transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.
The Punch reports that Amaechi revealed this during the ministry's annual press briefing on its programmes, projects and activities and those of its agencies.
Amaechi listed the projects in the pipeline as:
2. Port Harcourt-Maiduguri
4. Lagos-Calabar rail lines
The minister explained that the projects are, however, currently facing some little problems. One is financial as there are no funds yet for the project. Nigeria, he said, is waiting for Asian power China to approve funds for the constructions.
“We have awarded the following contracts and we are about to start and we have even tried to solve the financial problems."
“The ones we are about to start include Ibadan to Kano, that we are waiting for funds from China.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that a common feature of the new projects should be that they must all lead to seaports.
“But one thing that is unique about these contracts is that the president early enough directed that all rail lines must stagnate at the seaports."
Amaechi, on Monday, March 29, said he personally had to travel to the Niger Republic to beg its government.
According to the minister, Nigeria is bearing the full cost of the railway project which is expected to run from Kano to Dutse- Katsina through Jibia and end at Maradi in the Niger Republic.