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FG approves $5.3bn for Ibadan-Kano rail project

Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

The Federal Government has approved $5.3 billion for
the construction of Ibadan-Kano standard gauge rail line.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed
this on Thursday at the third Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum in Lagos.
He said: “Just yesterday, we got approval to complete
the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano rail project. We have also applied for funding to
commence coastal rail for the Port Harcourt to Warri segment.”
In a statement issued by the ministry of
transportation, the minister said Gbemisola Saraki, the minister of state for
transportation, will supervise the maritime sector, while he takes charge of
the railway sector.
“In my first term as minister, I completely abandoned
the maritime sector to the heads of agencies. This time, that won’t be
happening again.
“I have instructed that the Minister of State for
Transportation should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just
oversee what is happening,” he said.
He also said he discussed issues affecting the maritime
sector with President Muhammadu Buhari, and that by next year, ”the country
will have a single window in the maritime sector.”
“There are two things I discussed with Mr. President
that I will be focusing on in this second term as minister, and they are
maritime security and the single window project,” Amaechi said.
“I have assured the government that by the end of 2020,
we should have the single window at our maritime sector.
“On maritime security, I have told the Israeli firm
HSLI that they are too slow. By now, they should have launched. I want to know
the situation of things with the aspect of security on our maritime space.”

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