Nigerian Govt Approves Lagos-Calabar Rail Project

The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved $11.17 billion to link coastal cities . The Lagos-Calabar SGR has been on the drawing board since the Jonathan administration first approved the project in 2014.

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, briefed State House correspondents after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mohammed said the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, presented two memos which had to do with Federal Government’s commitment to expanding and consolidating on the rail project.

“The first one actually has to do with the Kano-Jibia rail and the other one has to do with the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail.

“Actually what was approved today was funding to ensure that work starts immediately on those two rails.

“And then, also another memo that was approved today was the ratification of the president’s approval for the award of contract for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Standard Gauge.’’

He said the project was an old project which was inherited by current administration.

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