By Victor Graham
President Muhammadu Buhari will perform the ground-breaking ceremony for the Eastern rail corridor on 9th March, 2021, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has disclosed.
The minister made the disclosure at the weekend during inspection tour to all the stations from Mobolaji Johnson Station at Ebuta Metta to Ibadan station.
He further disclosed that the President has also approved the redirecting of the Eastern line to two new spurs namely: Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and Awka, Anambra State.
Amaechi also mentioned that the Federal Government has approved the commencement of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project and is also negotiating loans for Lagos-Calabar rail project.
On the take-off of the Ibadan-Kano rail project, Amaechi informed that the government is still seeking approval for loan to enable it take off.
Speaking on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, Amaechi noted that he has challenged the contractor, China Civil Engineering and Construction Company to deploy global acceptable safety and security standards for the project.
He directed that central cooling system be installed in all the major train stations along that route.