FG Will Complete Lagos-Kano Rail Line This Year – Amaechi

Nigeria, Africa, AfricaThe Federal Government has announced that it will complete the Lagos-Kano rail project as well as a segment of the Lagos to Port Harcourt standard gauge before the end of 2017.

The Minister Of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this during an inspection of the container inland dry seaport in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.

He explained that the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari is to establish a safe and efficient transport system that will boost economic activities across the country.

Supplementary Budget: Senate Asks Executive To Include Lagos-Calabar Rail Project

Nigerian-SenateThe Senate is asking the executive to include the disputed Lagos Calabar Rail project in a supplementary budget and forward it to the National Assembly.

Briefing journalists in Abuja, Senate Spokesman Aliyu Abubakar said the Senate is ready and willing to consider a supplementary budget from the executive which would include the rail project.

There’s been a back and forth between the executive and the National Assembly over allegations that a 60 billion naira Lagos Calabar Rail Project was removed from the 2016 Budget.

The Ministry of Budget And Planning had come out with its position on the controversies surrounding the 2016 budget.

The ministry in a statement said the President is yet to take a position on the budget after receiving details from the National Assembly on April 7.

On the controversial Calabar-Lagos rail project, the ministry confirmed that there were indeed some errors in the initial budget proposal sent to the National Assembly by the President in December.

The statement, however, added that the errors were corrected, submitted and subsequently accepted by the relevant committees of the National Assembly.

The statement read in part, “It must be emphasized that the two rail projects are part of those for which the President is currently negotiating funding with the Chinese government.

“The 60 billion Naira provided in the budget for the Lagos – Kano and Calabar – Lagos rail lines, respectively, is counterpart funding, to support the Chinese financing for the projects.

“These projects are part of the strategic implementation plan of the government which was disclosed by the Minister of Budget and National Planning at The National Economic Council retreat in March 2016, in the presence of state governors.”

The statement added that it was the corrected version that was defended by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and his team.

FG Determined To Revamp Rail System – Transport Minister

TransportThe Minister of Transport says that the main focus of the Federal Government is to revamp the Rail System to make transportation easy and accessible to all Nigerians.

Mr Rotimi Amaechi made the disclosure to reporters on Thursday at the Government House in Oshogbo, the Osun State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He said that he was in the state for an assessment tour of some Federal Government road projects embarked upon by the Osun‎ State government in line with the directive of the Federal Executive Council.

The Minister also hinted that other sectors in the Ministry of Transport such as maritime, road and aviation would also be given due attention.

He said that the Federal Government, having successfully reached an agreement with the Chinese government, would soon embark on the construction of Lagos-Kano rail line.

Mr Amaechi also disclosed that the construction of four terminal buildings was already underway in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt ‎as part of the ongoing reform in the aviation sector.