The Federal Government has approved the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano standard gauge rail project, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has revealed.
Amaechi, in an interactive session at the 3rd Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum in Lagos, stated that the ministry had 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,” he added.
The minister had also directed the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, to take charge of all maritime agencies, while he would be focusing on the railway sector.
He was quoted as saying, “In my first term as minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the heads of agencies.
“This time around, that won’t be happening again, as I have instructed that the honourable minister of transportation for state should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just overee 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.”
He noted that he had assured the government that by the end of 2020, the nation would have the Single Window at “our maritime sector.”
On maritime security, he disclosed that he had told the Israeli firm, HSLI, that it was too slow, noting that by now, it should have launched.
He said, “I want to know the situation of things in the aspect of security on our maritime space.”
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