The Federal Government has disclosed determination to ensure that works on Lagos-Kano Rail line commence in earnest in January 2017, to facilitate movement of goods and passengers unhindered.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, was quoted to have made the disclosure in a statement by Director, Press and Public Relations Department of the Ministry, Yetunde Sonaike, on Friday in Abuja.
Amaechi also said focus of the government was rehabilitation of old railway lines of Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri and also ensuring tha construction works on the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Rail line was completed within the specified time.
“The construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Coastal Rail line will commence in January 2017, ’’ he was quoted as saying.
Ameachi explained that the ministry was able to complete Abuja–Kaduna Railway modernisation project and provided safety measures at the nation’s airports through rehabilitation of existing infrastructure within the airports.
He said that there were also ongoing rehabilitation of infrastructure at seaports and the railway as well as instilling financial discipline in the ministry and its agencies among others.
On issue of National Fleet for the maritime sector, the minister said that government had gone far in getting interested investors to come in.
He said that the government was mindful of provision of the law which stipulates 60 per cent for local investors and 40 per cent for foreign investors.
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