The construction of the $5.3bn Ibadan to Kano standard gauge rail line project has been approved by the Nigerian government.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Thursday at the third Maritime Stakeholders Interactive Forum.
He said: “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.
Ameachi also revealed that the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, would be in charge of all maritime agencies, while he (Amaechi) would focus on the railway sector.
He said, “In my first term as minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the heads of agencies. This time, that won’t be happening again.
“I have instructed that the Minister of State for Transportation should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just oversee what is happening.”