Nigerian Railways is getting help from American multinational corporation, General Electric.

GE is set to deliver 20 free locomotive engines and 200 wagons worth over 30 billion Naira to the Nigerian Railway Corporation to boost rail services in the country.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this on Monday after a first meeting of the Ministry of Transportation Implementation Committee for the new Lagos-Ibadan rail which held in Lagos.

He said the proposal would be presented to the Federal Executive Council for approval at its next meeting.

Amaechi, who also had a meeting with the NRC workers, said GE had agreed to assemble locomotives and other rolling stock in the country after taking over the Nigerian railway’s operation.

"GE intends to bring about 20 locomotives into Nigeria to enable the NRC to start some activities until we reach a concession agreement with the firm.

"With 200 wagons, you can take away a lot of those freights that are conveyed by road to the northern part of Nigeria through the narrow gauge, and that will be done until we conclude the construction of the standard gauge," Amaechi said.