The Nigerian Government has approved the sum of $5.3bn Ibadan for the Ibadan- Kano standard gauge rail project.
The Minister of Transportation Mr Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this in Lagos during the 3rd Maritime Stakeholders Interactive Forum, revealed that the Minister of Transportation, State, Gbemisola Saraki will personally be in charge of all maritime agencies while he will be focusing on the Railway sector.
“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”.
According to the Minister “In my first term as Minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the Heads of agencies. This term around, that won’t be happening again as I have instructed that the Honourable Minister of Transportation for State to personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just oversight what is happening. 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. I have assured government that by the end of 2020, we should have the Single Window at our maritime sector”.
On maritime security, Mr Amaechi said “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.”