Connect with us


Nigeria, China hold talks on Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project



Security concerns in Rivers as Amaechi threatens, ‘Whatever Wike wants...we’ll give him’

The Federal Government and its Chinese counterpart are currently holding talks on possible construction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line.

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, who disclosed this in a statement issued by his media aide, Israel Ibeleme, also said the federal government would continue its negotiations with a Russian firm for the commencement of the Lagos-Calabar rail project.

He said: “The six geo-political zones are all covered, Port Harcourt –Maiduguri covers Port Harcourt, Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Abakaliki, Awka, Makurdi, Lafia, Akwanga, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, and connects to Damaturu, and then Maiduguri.

“The Lagos-Calabar rail line covers the whole of the South-South zone. We have Lagos coming through Akure and Benin.

“Then from Benin we have a spot leading to Agbor and Asaba to Onitsha and then you continue to Benin to Ughelii, Warri, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo, and Calabar that takes care of the South-South zone.

“While the Port Harcourt–Maiduguri rail line takes care of the South East and North East zones.

“The Lagos-Kano rail line also takes care of the southwest zone and parts of the North West and North Central zones.’’

According to Amaechi, the central line that starts from Abuja also takes care of the North Central zone which includes Kogi and Kwara States.

Read also: Masari dedicates 70% of 2020 budget to capital expenditures

The minister said the construction of the rail lines across the country required huge funding and acknowledged Nigeria’s rising debt profile.

“Currently what we now have as functional lines are: Lagos-Ibadan (156km), Abuja-Kaduna (186km), and Itakpe-Warri which is about 350km all put together under this government.

“We have recorded a total of about 600+km of railway and by the time we complete the Ibadan-Kano rail line which is about 860km, we will be having 1500+km railway constructed by this government.

“I hope that the next government that will take over from us will be able to do something in that regard to progress the railway, because even if we finish the Lagos-Kano and Lagos-Calabar rail lines, the Port Harcourt–Maduguri line still needs to be finished,” the minister concluded.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now