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.

LCCI Advocates rail System To Speed Up Cargo Clearance

The Lagos Chamber Of Commerce and Industry has called on the Federal Government to accelerate the resuscitation of the rail system to evacuate cargo from the Lagos ports.

The chamber described the menace of trucks and trailers on the roads as unbearable.

In a statement signed by the President of the chamber, Remi Bello, the 48 hours cargo clearance target set by government is far from being achieved at this time.

Major problem areas identified by the chamber were delays in the positioning of cargo at the port terminals and inadequate equipment for cargo handling, among others.

According to the chamber, the implication of these challenges include high demurrage charges arising from delays in clearing of cargo, disruption of production schedules of manufacturers as raw materials are not delivered in good time to factories and high cost of fund on borrowed funds by importers.