2019: Nigeria Budgets N100 billion Naira for Railways


The Nigerian government has earmarked N100 billion naira for the expansion ,rehabilitation and modernisation of her railway sector.

In the details of budget 2019 presented to the Nigerian lawmakers ,President Muhammadu Buhari continued his push for infrastructural revival of the country through allocations to various ongoing projects within the rail transport sector.

In the proposed budget,counterpart funding was provided for the following ongoing and new projects :
Lagos-Kano (Ongoing) ;
Calabar-Lagos (Ongoing) ;
Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Aladja (Warri ) (Ongoing) ;
Port Harcourt- Maiduguri (New) ;
Kano-Katsina-Jibiya-Maradi In Niger Republic (New) ;
Abuja-Itakpe and Aladja (Warri)-Warri Port And Refinery Including 
Warri New Harbour (New) ;
Bonny Deep Sea Port & Port Harcourt and other Rail Projects.

Aside the above ,N27.12 billion(about 2.7 billion dollar )was provided for various rehabilitation of railway tracks including rehabilitation of track from Port-Harcourt to Makurdi ;Maintenance of track (including emergency recovery, bridge and culverts repair) ;
Procurement of spare parts (including lubricants) for the locomotives,
coaches and wagons.

Others include Kuru to Maiduguri narrow gauge track rehabilitation project ;Track rehabilitation from Makurdi to Jos to Kafanchan to Kaduna junction ;Procurement and rehabilitation of locomotives and rolling stock ;
Procurement of workshop equipment and rolling stocks ;
Design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of
electric overhead travelling cranes for carriage and wagons workshop ;
Upgrading of signaling & telecom system on Eastern Line (Port Harcourt,
Maiduguri, etc) including revised estimated total cost for extension to
Western Line.

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