Connect Rail To 36 State Capitals, Buhari Directs
By President Muhammadu Buhari’s words, all the 36 states of Nigeria shall be connected by rail.
At least, going by his latest directive to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
Buhari directed that all the 36 state capitals should be connected with rail in the ongoing railway projects.
Amaechi disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting with the Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani.
The meeting, also attended by the Ministers of Finance; Budget and National Planning; and Power, Works and Housing was in connection with President Buhari’s loan request of 5.5 billion dollars.
Amaechi said that the central rail line project connecting several communities of northern and southern Nigeria would be completed in June, next year.
According to him, 17 coaches are expected to arrive in November and out of the number, 10 will be deployed to Abuja-Kaduna rail line while the remaining seven will be deployed to the Itakpe-Warri rail line.
He said that part of the money being requested now for approval by the senate was to execute the rail projects covering Kano-Kaduna, and Lagos-Ibadan networks.
Sani had earlier advised if Nigeria “must borrow, it must borrow responsibly”.
“The committee has the mandate to examine the merits and otherwise of the current loan request of 5.5 billion dollars of the president.
“If we must bequeath to the future generation a pile of debt, it must be justified with commensurate infrastructural proof of the value of the debt,” Sani said.
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