By Samuel Ohwovoriole
Barring the unforseen, all is now set for President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastern rail corridor, on 9th March, 2021.
At completion, the Eastern rail corridor is to include the redirecting of the Eastern line to two new spurs namely: Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and Awka, Anambra State as further approved by President Buhari.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi disclosed this during an inspection tour of all the stations from Mobolaji Johnson Station at Ebuta Metta to Ibadan station over the weekend.
In a statement issued by the ministry and signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation, the
minister stated that the Federal Government has approved the commencement of the Port Harcourt – Kano rail project and is also negotiating loans for Lagos – Calabar rail project.
While on the take-off of the Ibadan-Kano rail project, Amaechi informed the public that the government is still seeking approval for loan to enable it take off.
Speaking on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, he noted that he has challenged Messrs. China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) to deploy global acceptable safety and security standards for the project. He directed that central cooling system be installed in all the major train stations along that route.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Chairman, Board NRC, Ibrahim Alhassan, Managing Director Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, Acting MD, TEAM, Francesco Fiermonte, some Directors of the Ministry were among those in the inspection team.
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