Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari has approved the construction of railways in the country including from Jibia LGA of Katsina state to Kano.
According to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; “GE came here and annouced that they would give us 100 locomotives, we did the audit of our; our narrow gauge can’t carry 17 locomotives, so by October 1st to October 2nd, we would be lauching about six to ten locomotives, because our narrow gauge cant carry more than that.
Government said concession this narrow guage, and we have successfully done that to the extent that we are able to sign an agreement with GE. By October GE will take over the narrow guage and begin to run from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.
When they stop at Umuahia, economic activities will be at Umuahia; the Umuahia station will become an economic hub. We the Ibos in Umuahia will be able to establish shops and sell goods we would like sell.
That station from Port Harcourt to Aba, Aba to Umuahia, Umuahia to Enugu, Enugu to Makurdi, Makurdi to Jos, Jos to Bauchi, Bauchi to Gombe, Gombe to Borno.
The president has also approved another rail line from Kano to Daura to Jibia and we hope to connect Jigawa from there and to Niger Republic.
When we came, there was no rail contract connecting any of the seaports, and the president gave a directive for Lagos-Calabar to connect Port Harcourt seaport, Onne seaport, Calabar seaport, Warri seaport and either Apapa or Tincan seaport.
He has approved the construction two new deep seaports, one in Bonny, and the Lekki deep seaport.”
The Minister disclosed the information at Osasu’s meeting in Abuja.